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Thomas  E.  Jeffrey 
Senior  Editor 

Brian  C.  Shipley 
Theresa  M.  Collins 
Linda  E.  Endersby 

David  A.  Ranzan 
Indexing  Editor 

Janette  Pardo 
Richard  Mizelle 
Peter  Mikulas 

Paul  B.  Israel 
Director  and  General  Editor 


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Historic  Site  at  West  Orange,  New  Jersey. 

ISBN  978-0-88692-887-2 


Director  and  General  Editor 
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Thomas  Jeffrey 

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Indexing  Editor 
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We  thankfully  acknowledge  the  vision  and  support  of  Rutgers  University  and  the 
Thomas  A.  Edison  Papers  Board  of  Sponsors. 

This  edition  was  made  possible  by  grant  funds  provided  from  the  New  Jersey  Historical 
Commission,  National  Historical  Publications  and  Records  Commission,  and  The  National 
Endowment  for  the  Humanities.  Major  underwriting  has  been  provided  by  the  Barkley  Fund, 
through  the  National  Trust  for  the  Humanities,  and  by  The  Charles  Edison  Foundation. 

We  are  grateful  for  the  generous  support  of  the  IEEE  Foundation,  the  Hyde  &  Watson 
Foundation,  the  Martinson  Family  Foundation,  and  the  GE  Foundation.  We  acknowledge  gifts 
from  many  other  individuals,  as  well  as  an  anonymous  donor;  the  Association  of  Edison 
Illuminating  Companies;  and  the  Edison  Electric  Institute.  For  the  assistance  of  all  these 
organizations  and  individuals,  as  well  as  for  the  indispensable  aid  of  archivists,  librarians, 
scholars,  and  collectors,  the  editors  are  most  grateful. 


A  Note  on  the  Sources 
The  pages  which  have  been 
filmed  are  the  best  copies 
available.  Every  technical 
effort  possible  has  been 
made  to  ensure  legibility. 


Reel  duplication  of  the  whole  or  of 
any  part  of  this  film  is  prohibited. 
In  lieu  of  transcripts,  however, 
enlarged  photocopies  of  selected 
items  contained  on  these  reels 
may  be  made  in  order  to  facilitate 


General  Letterbook  Series 
Letterbook,  LB-103  (1915) 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  March-May  1915.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison  and  William  H.  Meadowcroft.  The  letters  mainly 
relate  to  World  War  I,  the  disruption  of  markets  for  the  carbolic  acid  (phenol) 
used  in  the  manufacture  of  phonograph  records,  and  Edison’s  production  of 
chemicals  for  his  businesses,  including  the  establishment  of  benzol  absorbing 
plants  in  Johnstown,  Pennsylvania,  and  Woodward,  Alabama.  Other  letters 
pertain  to  tariff  regulations;  phonographs  and  recordings;  Edison’s  winter 
home  in  Fort  Myers,  Florida;  visitors  to  the  laboratory;  and  books  received  by 
Edison.  There  is  also  a  letter  of  recommendation  of  behalf  of  D.  F.  Van  Marie, 
a  chemist  who  worked  at  Edison's  laboratory,  along  with  a  letter  proclaiming 
Edison's  support  for  women's  suffrage.  The  correspondents  include  longtime 
Edison  associate  William  H.  Mason,  R.  B.  Owens  of  the  Franklin  Institute, 
Edward  R.  Stettinius  of  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co.,  and  representatives  of  Mitsui  & 

The  spine  is  stamped  "Letters"  and  is  marked  "T.A.E.  from  March  SI- 
191 5  to  May  3- 1 91 5."  The  number  "41 "  also  appears  on  the  spine.  The  book 
contains  700  numbered  pages  and  an  index.  Approximately  15  percent  of  the 
book  has  been  selected. 

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March  31 at ,  1915, 

Mr.  Webatoj?  J,.  Clark, 
r.c.'pox  #178, 
Benicia,  Calif. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  favor  of  the  11th  instant  to  my  Company  has 
been  handed  to  me,  and  I  have  read  it  with  a  great  deal  of 

Aa  you  are  probably  aware,  we  had  a  very  extensive 
fire  at  our  Plant  last  December,  This  has  naturally  caused 
considerable  delay  in  our  work,  but  as  soon  as  we  can  recover 
from  this  fire,  we  intend  to  start  some  twelve  inch  records, 
giving  the  symphonies  of  Beethoven  and  other  classical  music 
as  played  by  large  orchestras.  I  also  expect  to  do  a  great 
deal  of  recording  of  operatic  selections  that  I  am  sure  you 

will  be  well  pleased  with. 

in  M  «tt«t  tMt  loo*  out  tor  our  records 
rf  Tsrlet  6£  th.  M*l»  C*.ra  House.  She  Is  ths  truest 

Coloratura  singer  known  today. 

Yours  very  truly, 

March  31st,  1015, 

Dr.  Oassins  Dudley, 



Dear  Slrs- 

Pleaae  accept  my  apology  for  not  having 
replied  to  your  favor  of  the  13th  inetant  before  now.  I 
have  been  overwhelmed  with  an  enormous  mass  of  business 
matters  which  claimed  every  moment  of  my  time  and  attention. 

I  read  your  letter  with  a  great  deal  of 
ami  it  *****  m.  a  groat  awl  erf  gntifloatiom' to 
loam  that  you  o»]oy  tho  phono6raph  ao  maoh.  I  have  pat  in 
a  pat  deal  of  hard  .oft  to  ploaa.  larof  of  good  »a»lo,  aad 
it  la  a  oouroe  of  oiaoh  .atiofaotioa  to  mo  to  loaxa  that  I  hay. 


Shanking  you  for  your  kind  expression  of 

opinion,  1  remain 

yours  very  truly. 

March  31st.  1915. 

Mr.  E.  A.  Elder,  Rapt. 

Gas  and  Electric  Bepartment  , 

Interstate  Public  Service  Co., 

510  Board  of  Erade , 

Indi  anapoli s ,  Ind . 

Bear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  29th  instant  has  been  received  and 
its  contents  noted.  I  find  that  most  of  the  Gas  Companies  col¬ 
lect  the  oil  from  gasometer  and  mins  end  put  it  in  a  tank  until 
they  get  a  tank  carload.  It  usually  brings  about  ten  (10}  cents 
a  gallon  at  the  works  if  it  is  of  the  right  kind .  Generally  speak¬ 
ing,  a  gallon  is  collected  for  each  eighty-five  thousand  (85,000) 
c\ibic  feet  of  gas  made. 

Then  yon  have  sore  collected  I  shall  be  glad  to  have  you 
send  me  a  quart  or  so  in  a  tin  can  and  I  will  test  it.  Perhaps 
it  can  be  sent  by  Parcel  post.  Please  be  sure  and  label  it  so  that 
I  will  know  where  it  is  from. 

Yours  veiy:truly, 

;?/  - 

rr >  - 

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March  31at,  1915. 

Mr.  J.  W.  mrphy,  /  V/.  / 

12©  Prescott  Street,!  /  / 

Voroeater,  Maaa.  t /  / 

Dear  Sir:-  /  /  / 

Your  fav«  of  the  e/th  Instant  to  our /musical  director 

was  handed  to  me.  I  have  been  so  very  huay  that  i  have  been  unable 
to  reply  to  it  before  now. 

Upon  inquiry,  I  find  that  there  are  some  Irish  in  the 
U.S.A..  and  agree  with  you  that  they  should  have  some  of  their  own 
mosic.  We  get  suggestions  from  thousands  of  dealers  as  to  the 
character  of  the  music  their  patrons  desire,  and  we  try  to  oon*Oy 
therewith.  Our  catalog  is  the  result. 

We  have  recorded  -  "Wild  Irish  Hose",  "Doves  Old 
Sweet  Song"  and  will  put  on  more.  *>u  will  also  find  the  follow¬ 
ing  Irish  tunes  in  our  oatalog: 

IK ::  ***** 

\  |g]?4  ::K 

' -80064  ^-  .^thleen  Mwownesrf* 

,  - 80070  Kiiiarney 

tp  80133  —  Maoushla 

(  11  you  loot  through  our  oatulOB.  ”111  tlna  pl“  J 

ot  o.b«  »-ic  «iU.»  by  X«.b  -  -o.  you  yoooxbxy  « ' 

recorded  in  time. 


March  Slat.  19 11 

Mr.  C.  ?.  Hurray,  President, 

Murray-Smith  C  omjiany , 

116-118  South  Main  Street, 

V/i  Ikes  -Bar  re  ,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  lies  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  27th 
instant,  enclosing  the  advertisers nt  of  your  Elisabeth  Spencer 
Concert,  and  thank  you  for  sending  it  to  me  aid  al3o  for  the  news 
paper  clipping  giving  a  report  of  the  affair.  I  am  very  glad  in¬ 
deed  that  the  "stunt"  was  so  successful,  and  congratulate  you  on 
accomplishing  such  fine  results.  We  must  do  a  lot  of  educating 
along  these  lines,  and  then  whe  n  go  od  times  come  along  again  the 
aale.B  will  he  fine  . 

Yours  very  truly. 

March  3lst,  1915. 

Ur.  Jesse  Pomeroy, 
State  House, 
Boston,  Mass. 

Bear  Sir;- 

Through  the  kindness  of  Hon.  Roland  D. 
Sawyer,  I  have  seen  your  printed  impression  of  the  music 
as  heard  from  the  Phonograph. 

Your  analysis  of  the  music  is  exact  in  all 
details.  1  hope  you  will  he  permitted  to  hoar  more. 

Yours  truly , 

March  31st,  19X6. 

Mr.  Roland  D.  Sawyer, 

State  Rouse, 

Boston,  Mass. 

Dear  Sir:- 

1  auly  received  your  favor  of  the  13th  instant  in  re¬ 
gard  to  Jease  Pomeroy,  together  with  the  printed  remarks  made  by 
him  on  hearing  the  phonograph.  1  have  been  so  overwhelmingly 
busy  lately  that  I  have  not  had  time  to  acknowledge  the  receipt 
of  this  before,  but  do  so  now  and  thank  you  for  sending  it  to  me. 

Evidently  Pomeroy  has  some  congenital  defect  that  has 
made  him  what  he  is.  He  should  receive  good  treatment  because 
it  is  no  fault  of  his.  His  criticism  on  the  phonograph  is 
wonderful  when  we  consider  his  environment  for  so  many  years. 

Please  also  accept  my  thanks  and  appreciation  for  your 
own  kind  expression  in  regard  to  myself. 

I  am  enclosing  a  letter  which  I  have  written  to 
Pomeroy,  and  if  there  is  no  objection  to  his  receiving  it,  I  would 
like  him  to  have  it. 

yours  very  truly. 

March  31st .  1915 

F.eplyine  to  your  favor  of  the  24th  Instant,  I*!'* 
,ay  that  I  <:<P««t  to  have  »y  Aniline  Plant  in  op.rati.u  In  *’»« 
thirty-five  (351  days,  »*  then  he  In  Portion  to  oontraot 

for  th.  supply  Of  «  moderate  amount  of  Aniline  oil,  on  -hich  I 
„„te  seventy  (70,  cent.  Per  pound  on  .1*  (5!  months  oontraot 
sixty-five  (651  cents  per  pound  on  m*  M  month,  oontraot  and 
fifty-.lBht  (50,  cents  r«r  pound  on  on.  (11  y«ar  oontraot. 

I  expect  also  to  mate  paranltranallne  hut  In  small 

Kprtl  is' 

i'inishing  Conran;-, 

;0  Broadway  , 

l’s-,7  Yorh  City, 
r.  Imhrie: 

Hr,  Edison  wantB  me  to  send 
ganple  of  Bar anitr anal ine  that  Be  has 
He  woxild  li-  ^0  have  you  submit  it 
ir  chemist  for  a  practical  test  and  let 
^  «  is  all  right.  He  will  *e  aT>le 
rrly  this  as  soon  as  his  new  plant  is 
he  d . 

Yours  ve iy  truly , 

Assistant  to  lir, 

April  2nd.  191: 

lav  is  f:  Catterall, 

25  T/orth  Street, 

Jfew  York  City. 

•  entlenen: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  first  in- 
rtant.  and  beg  to  say  in  reply  that  Mr.  Edison  is  now 
putting  up  a  plant  to  make  Aniline  oil.  and  expects  to 
have  it  ready  and  in  operation  within  the  next  thirty 
five  days.  He  expects  also  to  nake  Paranitranallne .  and 
will  he  prepared  in  a  few  days  to  name  a  price  thereon. 
He  is  not  quite  -sure  about  the  Bata  ITaphthol,  as  this 
would  call  for  a  great  deal  of  additional  apparatus 
that  we  might  not  he  able  to  get  on  time. 

Kr.  Edison  says  he  would  he  glad  to  see  you- 
Hr.  Bavis  and  tall:  this  whole  matter  over  with  him  if 
he  wishes  to  come  8ut  and  see  us  . 

■ry  truly. 



nr.  E-  E.  Saylor, 

1212  Bluff  Street, 

April  1st.  1915. 

'  to  y«rr  r.c.nt  "»h  »»  1»  — 

to  yoor  dlapBrae.  .«»of  end.  ..  *.S  to  .0,  that  "< 

*.«. «.  — » — « -*  *•**  on  7  ”• 

—  «  *.  V  o.«.»l»C  «.»  »  »“*■  “  ^ 

rondn...  1.  i——  -  —  ”°"te  “  “ 

Bo  you  »»t  to  a.ll  «>.  r*t.«*  0«trl(jHt  or  on  royalty. 

«  yonr.rrlo.  »  »■«  ™  »*«  “”la"  " 

LO*  nr  »  -tat.  of  «.  art  In  th.  »«*  *  -  - 
„a.  B,.n  lone  In  this  line  »  *«»—.  ?™“e  °"1 

a  t0  *  the  simplest  and  cheapest  to  manufacture, 
seems  to  he  the  simp  nead0wcroft,  Edison 

Please  address  your  reply  to  fe  -lea 

laboratory,  orange,  H.  J* 

yours  truly , 

Edison  Laboratory . 

April  1st.  1915 

P.alph  .  Cooke,  Ind.  Agent, 

Pennsylvania  lines  West  of  Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania  Statiob, 

Pittsburgh,  Pa. 

=ar  Mr.  Cooke: 

Your  favor  of  the  27th  in¬ 
tent  has  been  received.  I  beg  to  say  in 
•eply  that  Bensol  Absorbing  ?3ants  can  only 
,e  used  at  by-product  coke  ovens.  Hy  ?laru 
La  already  in  o^  ration  at  Cambria  Steel 
company.  Johnstown.  Pa.,  so  that  old  one- 
horse  railroad  of  yours  will  get  the  haul 


Mr.  H.  B.  Chslmer 

%  Fh6  tt.  B.  Chalmers  Coaii 
Schenectady,  H.  • 

V-/  April  Snd.  1915 

'  I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  first  instant, 
and  would  say  in  regard  to  Carbolic  Acid  that  my  Plant  is  under 
way,  and  X  expect  it  to  he  in  operation  in  about  thirty-five 
days,  dust  at  this  moment  I  can’t  say  exactly  how  much  I  can 
let  you  have,  as  I  have  several  contracts  under  consideration, 
and  shall  be  unable  to  give  a  specific  answer  to  ycr  question 
f0.  a  few  days.  I  expect,  however,  by  the  middle  of  next  wee* 
to'be  more  definite.  Che  Carbolic  X  1b  m*  white  crystal 

melting  point  40  to  41. 

I„  regard  to  the  Solvent  naphtha.  I  thin*  I  * 

in  position  to  aupply  this  to  the  near  turn.  I  teen  ant 

In*  a  little  change  In  qr  Ca.trla  !W,  and  eape.t  to  .tart  up 
again  dlthln  the  neert  «  or  three  da,..  I  have  no  dontt  I  .ha 
„  atle  to  anrply  yon  at  thirty  (301  cento  a  gealon.  tnt  »U1 
let  you  hnon  .tout  thl.  al.o  more  deltoid  "** 


April  2nd.  191g 

Ur,  C.  J5.  Goodwin,  Oen'l  Mgr., 

The  Phonograph  Company , 

229  So.  V/ abash  Avenue  , 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Pear  Goodwin: 

’.Valter  Miller  haB  sent  me  your  letter  of  the 
25th  ultimo  in  regard  to  getting  some  records  by  Bruno 
Steindel  of  the  Chicago  Orchestra.  T  don't  find  that 
Steindel  is  well  known.  However,  that  doesn’t  make  any 
difference.  If  he  is  a  fine  player  I  will  perhaps  take 
him  when  his  season  is  over.  If  he  comes  to  Hew  York 
we  could  make  a  trial  reoord. 

t  have  turned  down  the  two  Cello  Soloists  of 
the  Boston  Symphony  Orchestra.  Their  ploying  is  full  of 
flaws,  and  I  have  the  records'  to  prove  it. 

Y0urs  very  truly*. - - 

April  2nd.  1015* 

Hiss  Sdith  B.  Kane, 

The  Hew  York  League  for  the  Hara  of  Hearing. 
35-37  West  39th  Street, 

Hew  York  City . 

Bear  Madam: 

■j  an  in  rocslpt  of  your  favor  of  t»«  and  1*6  »  any  in  r.rW  Wat  .111.  I  an  S=» 
aympathy  »!«  th.  *i«.t  •*  1  ‘ 

lad  flro  at  ny  plant  l»t  3,o.t»«r.  and  tula  Ivan 

anon  a  atop  a.nt  in  ny  «—■  “*  1  I"111 
oormot  afford  to  conply  «ita  y«r  «!»»*• 
yours  very  truly , 

April  2nd.  1911 

X.  Bred .  V.  Hoyce ,  Vice  Pres., 

Ptone  &  ’.VehsteJ*  Cranage. "lent  Association, 
Stone  £:  '.Tehster  Building, 

14  7  Uilfc  Street, 

Boston,  ITaas. 

Your  favor  of  the  30th  ultimo  has 
just  been  received,  and  I  teg  to  ash  tiiat  you 
rill  he  hind  enough  to  have  a  sample  gallon 
;an  of  holder  oil  from  your  ITew  Bon  don  and 
i’awtucket  plants  sent  to  me .  As  soon  as  it 
is  received  I  will  have  it  tested  immediately 

Charles  Cooper  ft  Co., 

April  3rd.  191* 

ao"1  ley-UicliolB  Company, 

Glen  ?alls  ,  It .  Y  • 


j  must  ask  you  to  excuse  the  lonE  delay  to 
veplyinc  to  your  favor  of  the  10th  ultimo,  as  I  have 
*€en  so  e:<eee&inEly  busy  the  last  few  weeks  that  my 

mall  has  suffered  a  s°«a  deal  of  aelay' 

Our  Recording  laboratory  In  Hew  York  will 

frial  records  of  voto,  .  W  or  »*«**  «“‘- 

.»!  w.™*.  i  -  “""e  ae  'orl1  r"  E°°a 

v ole  e  s . 

Tf  yon  want  to  arrange  for  any  trials,  plea 
communicate  with  my  Assistant,  !ir.  »  .  H.  Ileadowor 

April  1st,  1915. 

Hr.  S.  H.  Church,  Pres., 

The  Carnegie  Institute, 
Pittsburg,  Pa. 
Hy  dear  Hr.  Church; 

I  received  the  very  cordial  renewal 
of  your  invitation  to  take  part  with  you  in  the  celebration 
of  Pounder's  Day  on  April  29th.  The  expression  of  your 
sentiment  towards  me  quite  embarrasses  me  in  making  a  reply. 

I  fear  that  I  shall  have  to  disappoint 
you,  much  to  my  regret.  The  War  effected  mo  quite  seriously 
so  far  as  some  of  the  materials  I  use  are  concerned.  For 
instance.  Carbolic  Acid,  which  I  formerly  imported  and  of 
which  I  am  the  largest  user  in  this  Country,  was  subjected  to 
embargo  right  after  the  commencement  of  the  War.  ^ee  l  had 
to  work  out  a  process  of  making  it,  buildaPiant  andoperate 
it  T«r  wiojw  i» 

close  my "factories.  Then  the  Benzol  situation  ------ 

ed,  and  I  was  obliged  to  design  and  put  in  some  Benzol  absorb 
ing  plans  of  my  own. 

All  these  things  have  kept  me  exceedingly 
busy,  and  have  added  quite  a  load  to  the 

carrying,  and  it  looks  now  as  though  I  was  going  to  be  busy 
for  eighteen  or  twenty  hours .a  day  until  well  into  the  Summ  . 

Every  moment  is  precious  to  me,  and  I  do 
not  see  any  possibility  of  my  getting  away  to  join  you  on  bne 
29th,  much  as  I  would  otherwise  have  liked  t0  do.  So  I  Boat 
ask  you  to  kindly  accept  my  regrets  and  also  my  thanks  for  the 
cordial  invitation  extended  to  me. 

Yours  very -truly. 

April  3rd.  1915 

Kllpsteln  &  Company, 

654  Greenwich  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 


Your  Jlr.  Gallatly  a  she  d  me  over  the  telephone  to¬ 
day  if  Hr.  Edison  would  accept  an  order  for  ten  or  fifteen 
drums  a  month  of  Aniline  oil  at  seventy  (70)  cents,  for  four 
months . 

Hr.  Edison  said  he  would  accept  an  order  for  this 
quantity  at  sixty  (60)  cents  for  six  months. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Hr,  M(fson. 


Miss  Edna  Sohoen, 

1706  -  11th  Aventie,  South, 
Birmingham,  Ala. 

1  heg  to  acknowledge  i 

April  3rd,  1915. 

jeipt  of  your  favor 

of  the  9th  ultimo,  and  most  ask  you  to  kindly  excuse  the 
long  delay  in  replying  thereto.  I  have  been  so  exceed¬ 
ingly  busy  the  last  few  weeks  with  very  important  matters 
that  my  mail  is  in  arrears. 

Your  letter  has  afforded  me  much  gratifica¬ 
tion  ,  and  I  hope  that  your  pleasure  in  the  Diamond  Disc 
phonograph  will  never  diminish.  I  am  trying  my  best  to 
makB  the  records  3till  more  perfect,  and  I  think  that  you 
will  find  a  great  improvement  in  them  as  time  goes  on. 
let  me  suggest  that  you  look  out  for  the  records  of  Madame 

Verlet  of  the  Paris  Ope: 

Sho  is  probably  the 

greatest  living  Colontura  Soprano,  and  we  think  her  records 
are  beautiful. 

If  you  ever  oomo  up  north,  and  will  call  at 
the  laboratory,  make  yourself  loiown  to  my  Assistant,  Ur. 
Meadoworoft ,  and  ho  will  arrange  for  your- insuring  me. 

Yours  yerjy  truly, 

CJ-  '  ■ 


April  3rd,  1916. 

The  .Smith  Dighy  Company, 


Gentlemen; - 

Mr.  Ijeadoweroft  has  handed  ipe 
the  copy  of  "That  Something"  which  you  kindly  sent  me 
through  him.  I  have  read  this  little  hook.  It  tells 
the  whole  story,  hut  how  few  will  understand;  It  is  a 
groat  pity. 

yours  very  truly, 

April  5  th.  1915. 

Hr.  Stanley  Doggett, 

99  John  Street,  . 

Hew  York  City. 

hear  Sir: 

Deferring  to  the  telephone  conversation  you  had  with 
Hr.  Header? croft  this  morning,  X  beg  to  confirm  the  offer  which 
X  authorised  him  to  make  to  you,  namely,  that  I  am  ready  to  con¬ 
tract  ;for  the  delivery  of  fifteen  hundred.  (1600)  pounds  of  Ani¬ 
line  Oil  daily,  commencing  July  first, at  forty-five  (45)  cents 
per  pound,  for  the  remainder  of  this  year  up  to  December  31st, 
and  for  the  same  quantity  for  the  whole  year  of  1916  at  thirty- 
five  (35)  cents  per  pound,  if  the  output  of  my  plant  has  not  lee 
take-up  at  the  time  you  offer  the  contracts  for  this  quantity. 

If  any  such  contracts  are  made  between  us  ,  they  are  si 
subject  to  the  terms  and  conditions  of  the  letter  I  wrote 
u  on  (larch  19th,  1915. 

to  b.e 

Tr.  Herbert  lewis, 

52  Broadvray , 

”ew  York  City. 

tear  Itr .  lewis: 

April  5  th. 

Bc-ferring  to  our  conversation  this  afternoon,  7 
hat  nv  new  plant  .'or  aahing  sjrnthe  1 5 ’’henol  will  Vs  re  ady  i  r 
live  to  forty  days.  t.s  aocn  as  it  goer.  in  ope  ration  I  hall  1 
supply  daily  four  fh  ousand  (4  ,000}  >oun<V-:  of*  j  synthetic  ?V 
ing  point  4 c  to  41.  I  am  ready  to  re* 4  a  contract  v/1  th  your  C 
for  this  yiar.tity  till  PecemVc  r  "1st,  1015  at  seventy-sir.  and 
cents  '70.5  cents)  per  pound,  ilmns  extra.  Cn  account  of  Vein? 
crippled  hy  ny  recent  VI  g  fire,  T  shall  ash  ar.  advance  payment 
*  ...  in  Vuilciiny  ny  plant 

plar.  t  I  an  p;.v  uu  c.  l.ny 
"Phenol  ver  da”,  Vut~ 

You  see,  therefore,  that  th 

inert  sc  far  as  I  an  concerned. 

.  m  ic  learn  that 
nd  (4  ,0-sol  pounds  of 

tare  of '"herol' k 

in  r 

I  an  just  starting  nj  ny  Bennol  M-oyiing  Plant  again  1 
Johnstown,  Pa.)  after  nahin,'  a  one  repairs,  .mu'  thin-  the  ssxf;  ten  i.-.y 
or  two  veehs  -rill  he  al-le  to  sigyly  y  .■  w  ith  folvent  pap  htha  if  y  .v  • 
any.  I  expect  to  produce  three ‘hundred  (500)  sailer,-  daily,  and""  ill 
lah  this  tc  you  at  thtrty-t-o  (32)  cents  per  gal  Ion ,  drums  extra^nnti 
Be  ce  viler  31st,  1015.  f'r.e  Bom  in  ion  Iron  &  Steel  Conjany  is  putt  ins  up 
of  ry  Ben  sol  Absorbing  Plants  at  their  poke  ovens  at  Sydney,  Yova  Soot 
“hey  e:qe  ct  tc  start  up  -ith in  the  next  ten  days  ,  and  they  will  also  1 
sore  Solvent  Yaphtha  for  rule,  probably  a  at  much^if  not  a  1  it  tie  more  t 
I  will  have.  If  y  u>  v.-i-h  *e  na’-e  inquiries  about  purchasing  .this ,  T 
would  stu'-esi  .all.  on  "r.  Blchards,  .’’anager,  “report  Beparlneni 

3  o  wring  ’.'Company,  if  Battery  Place.  Ye York  City.  You  will  rer.emlsi 
I  told  you  that  the  Trench  are  reported  to  Ve  nitrating  Solvent  Yspht* 
and  mahing  high  explosives  with  it.  fcn.’ir.ning  what  T  told  you  about 
secondhand  cement  bags,  let  me  say  tk;.i  my  "ompany  has.  aVout  700,000 
these,  which  we  would  sell  you  at  forty-two  dollars  (*42)!  per  thousand 
if  still  unsold,  should  you  dec !  de  to  order  "hem. 

into  the  matter  of  nitrating  the 

ok  ins 

sari  olic 

April  6th.  1916. 


wish  to  compete  with  the  General  Chemical  Company.  Haring  an 
er-oeas  of  Benzol  over  my  own  requirements  for  manufacturing 
Carbolic  Acid,  X  conclude d  to  use  this  excess  for  mahing  aniline 
Oil  to  help  out  our  American  people,  and  am  putting  up  a  plant  for 
that  puip-  os  e  . 

I  am  selling  Aniline  Oil  from  July  first  for  the  re¬ 
mainder  of  t he  present  year  at  forty-five  (45)  cents  per  pound, 
and  for  the  year  1916  at  thirty-five  (35)  cents  per  pound,  which 
X  presume  isamuch  higher  price  than  you  can  1  aj  m  ■or  • 

Yours  very  truly, 


6th.  1915 


>ry  -truly. 

Ur.  Henry  Olerioh, 

2219  larjstnoro  Avenue, 
|s  .flfaaha,  H  eb . 

Allow  me  to  acknowledge  tne 
receipt  of  the  complimentary  copy  of  your  new  book 
entitled  "Modern  paradise".  On  account  of  the  fire  at 
my  plant  last  December  I  have  been  very  much  overworked 
and  cannot  find  time  to  read  the  work  at  present,  but  will 
do  so  as  soon  as  I  get  a  little  leisure. 

'  Yours  very  truly. 


JacquoB  Wolf  &  Oo., 

Gentlemen; - 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
anti  instant,  and  in  reply,  beg  to  say  that  I  do  not 
use  the  Paranitranaline  myself,  hut  am  installing 
apparatus  to  make  a  considerable  auantity  at  the  soli, 
tlon  of  several  of  the  Textile  Converters.  I  am  rath, 
in  the  dark  as  to  the  demand  for  this  material. 

yours  very  truly, 

Mr*  *1332  Fifteenth  Street  ,  IT .'<7., 
Trash  ington,  h..  c. . 

I  he g  to  acknowledge  r6oel^ta°f1rof  t^terest.  X  am  always 
ntant  v/hich  T  have  read  with  a,  Ereal,^®*;L  as  T  a!n  cpnstantly  striv- 
w^iad  to  receive  Intelligent  criticisms,  first  your  re- 

inftf  torrove  tL  quality  o?  <>«  rrpftaj.  ^ 

mlks  in  regard  to  the  rs.  The  moat  difficult  thine  we 

limit  line  fox  most  of  the  rep»WO Loducers  exactly  sttU*  so  that 
have  to  contend  with,  18  ^  perfectly .  V7e  make  every  rerrcdu°er 

S  sw  -  *■ 

very  costly  to  us.  .  that 

ret  me  call  your  attention  to  ^  to  the^ 

the  instrument  itBel-^lB  »fl  wgre  obliged  to  xe:«t  ^ r0JrdB  failed 

ords  for  us,  ell  o-  _ __ scale  their  v  w-  could 

that  on  one  jTLjnW  ton  a  no  lee  or  acraie.  W  ^  l  ul 

her  of  good  together  in  the  < 

SS\S%2*  ”Bsm’’1,a  n 

3  ®fejS  #«£*«*  *•*  --  8i“rl- nols 

with  a  substratum  of  music. 

:n«S“  *!  s«S&» 

of  the  concerted  pie  ces 

Yours  very  ^ruly , 




April  7  th.  1915. 

Che  lepuhlic  P.uWer  Comp 
Y  oun  gs  t  ow  n ,  Ohio 


Your  favor  of  the  fifth  in»tant|aa  b,=  en  rooeiveft; 
rly  let  me  soy  that  I  mahe  only  iye  ^  vouW'  is  not  Car- 

what  you  any  in  your  letter  ocSts three  rer- 

2it^&aiirHoS.“Sr?S  2  a.  -antiseptic  if  that 

Is  what  you  want . 

n  an n  duftcat  t.trt  .51 


Ssj  i *««•*  <*—  »« try  “  -*“*• 

pure  Benzol.  ^  rrases 

I  have  three  plants  absorbing  Benaol  f rom  the  ^ 

in  plants  connected  wi ^ flom*  twe  Iv  e  to  fifteen  clays  and  the 
other  will  be  in  operation  in  r.  - _  ,v  app  the  Benzol  they  are  li^e- 

other  one  in  about  th  irty  day-  j  could  get  some  from  the  second 

as.-MrS  r“u.rn°>  *»«*  ~  **-  *“~l- 

.la  to  the  97?,  eo  oalle  dl  att  olio ,  J  JftlS"  i  1>?  W- 

address  the  United  ^aS  Improvement  Company,  Th  J  other  corn- 

way  Comical  Company,  Elisabeth,  IT.  J.  -1 
panies  I  will  let  you  Imow. 

I  have  started  on  a  plant  for  ^ntity^of  ^h  is  material,  but 
the  lubber  Companies  ®  pt^or.  One  o/ray  chemists  informs  me 

I  cannot  find  out ,v,^aL:  mi  is  nlf  tc  reduce  the  time  of  vulcanizalior 
thtVith5i™se  {SilSliS  take s ' only  one -ouarte r  the  usual  tin  • 
you  know  anything  about  it? 

Yours  very  truly, 

April  3th,  1915 

Ur.  Henry  A.  Sanders, 
25  Haul  Street , 
Anhum,  H  1 . 

17th  Inst. 

interest . 

T  am  in  receipt  of  yen 
.  and  read  same  with  a 



I  think  Just  as  you 
we  put  out  new  records  of  real 
come 8  a  howl  from  the  dealers, 
ar*  "no  good”  and  that  only  a 
•buy  that  kind  of  stuff.  Jon 
what  !  have  to  cotit  end  w  ith . 

do,  hut  the  moment 
rood  music  there 
saying  that  these 
'few  music  cranks 
•■ill  see  from  this 

records  oi 

However,  I  an  going  to 
Z  real  music  on  the  Hie 

put  qut  sc  me 
Amherols  very 

Yours  very  trulr* 

9^  ^ - 

Hr.  0.  S.  Keith.  preaiaent.^/ 
Chicago  ,  III? 

Yowx  ie tter  of  the  Bth  Instant  and  enclosure  Is  rece  ve  - 


oars  as  follows:  „  , 

P.  as.,  I'ewberry  Junction.  ITew  Yorh  ^ 

to  Lyons  .  IT.  Y  and  S^acuse  .  ^ J  - g™  ,  ry.  y . 

it  v  to  Philadelphia.  IT.  i-  V-- 
„  r" "u< ' 
St.  Johns,  I’ .  B. ;  Si-  ^nSs'mlies  at  6f!  rer  mile, 

s&yrs  ?s«^s^a«T,r-ssSr,ss  ?“>*■“*  - 

":tr  lt::;*  «  ^ 

movement  .the  J0ve  re^the  original  loaded  movement, 

ana  junction  points  as  covej. 

an!6 junction  points  as  oove 
I  believe  the  inf 

ontained  herein  is  ole. 


April  5th.  191' 

Hr.  0.  S.  Keith,  President, 

Keith  Car  Company, 

122  South  Michigan  Ave  . 
Chicago,  Ill. 

Dear  Sir: 

Supplementing  Hr.  Edison' s  letter 
of  this  date,  I  beg  to  say  that  ire  have  re¬ 
ceived  your  tele  gran  saying  that  yen  have 
set  aside  four  10,000  gallon  tanks  for  him 
and  await  further  instructions. 

He  re  quests  rae  to  ask  you  to  go 
ahead  and  get  the  cars  to  Sydney  as  quickly 
as  possible . 

you rs  ve jy  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Bdison, 

April  loth.  1915. 

Mr.  ».  H.  Gartle yV'  J  ^  / 

United  Gas  Improvers nt/!o. ,  /  |  /“  > 

Broad  and  Arch^streets ,  |  \ 

phila'delphia,  Pa.  ! 

Dear  Mr.  Gartle y: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  MB  Instant 
tt  regard  to  Mr.  levin. .  of  Buffalo.  I  Have  con.olt.d  Mr.  Bdloon 
abo«t  It,  and  Be  repeat.  -  to  .«  tB.t  Devine  never  Bnllt  a  Ben¬ 
zol  IBB  or  Bing  Plant  for  BIB.  -1  year  or  oo  ago  Mr.  Devine  Built 
tnree  7ao«n»  dryer,  for  no.  and  tBey  mrB  glrtf* ■ 

Mr  Edison  doe.  not  taint  he.osn  Build  a  Beta  BapB- 
tnol  Plant.  Bet.  B.pBtnol  1.  -»  very  »uoB  In  tB,  aa»e  ~y  aa 
carBollo  Bold,  and  tB.r.  are  .ev.r.l  -to*.”  m  »•  "» 

trouBl..  1.  separating  dlpBa  fro.  Beta.  Any  Alpta  oont^.e  m  ™ 
Beta  cauBea  tB,  UH.  P-PL  **  *•*"-  thtlr  ' 

they  will  not  huy  it. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

r  Mr.  Imhrie:  ^ 

t jr.  Meadowcroft  handed  me  your  xavo, 

ta„t,  ,.tl,  tv  »  laboratory  Stri*-oft.  ■>*« 

ana  vonia  «*  «w*  * 

t  return  these  stiii-e  v~± 

*  ,  —nl  "incl  that 

,  ,,„i  loot  on  tM  boot  °f  «»  to  ”’rl"  1 

x  rrlmt,<!  «»  <•««*»  s«“l'le  ,h, 

w,  .  ainynt.  .»»  »  «•*•*  a 

lo,  of  yaranltranlltno  •  «’•  7««  ’!l”*W  *°  ”  f”“ 

iv  I.™-  normal  .Ho.  »  '  r“*  '  “ 


,  «-p  j-vi a  mire  and  of  the  jasue. 

'*  ”  3“‘  M  «  V  «.at  ,  can  r«,  **.  ■«*»  “  — 

ave  found  a  new  way  ox  doln^  it  Ur  quality  of 

T  -,ill  send  you  a  ^  ^ 

an  early  mail- 

Paranitranil ine  in 


Beplyins  *o  l*t  tmt  of  tie 

second  instant  I  would  say  that  your  records 
were  made  on  what  is  called  "test  record"  wax. 
so  that  we  could  hear  the  reproduction  direct- 
ly  from  the  wax.  When  a  regular  record  is  made 
the  wax  is  veiy  delicate  and  we  don’t  dare  to 
reproduce  the  music  until  the  record  is  elec¬ 
troplated  over  the  wax  in  solid  copper.  There¬ 
fore  we  could  not  mahe  matrices  from  your  trial 
records . 

I  hope  that  when  you  come  to  Hew 

Par*  «.lr.  yon  -11  »»  —  *««“'  "“Pl" 
to  prove  «P  soot  Interpretation-  men.  if  «y 
„«  good,  ne  co«ld  -»  ■»  »*■“*  “1 

ya,  coaid  get  all  the  replicas  yoa-nt^ 

yours  ve: 

Jai  J&th.  1916  * 

Mr.  W^^teBon/  f 

/  \  / 

Johnstown,  Pa* 

Dear  Mr.  Mason:  of  the  8th  this 

Mr.  Bells  on  received  your  letter 

«“*■»* oi  Mn‘°1  -»4  eiw"  90,1  “ 

,oaJ  B  »»..«*«»  «*” 

- — “  *- 8,9  aa;^  .  ~  i-  «*  »ot  a,M 

oare  of  it  our  ^  „  are  running  pretty 

on  account  of  trying  to  get 

01036  °n  BenZOlEfl  i8  gla,  to  see  that  you  are  Riding  -  «“ 

ventilation  in  accordance  with  ^  Ily  new  points 

He  says  that  as  soon  as  y  t0  send 

,  aWilB  it  would  *e  well  for  y 

» >•«  01  :  t*  b«  *  “*“i  co,i“j' 

a  »°«  ««“  S”J  *  “*’  w  „  at«t  ap  .»  W»W.  ~  W1" 

sySniy.  Bo**  Scotia-  B'  Mm  of  tM  tatioao 

1»P«  «  *<”“  "  "£U  cm—  ■»  «  —  •  ** 

yea  Mm  a»a  to  •»■  ■  «„tilatlo». 

aal  can  ~  —  “  "".a  ».*,  X  «—• 

Wishing  yon  lots  of  go 


ill'.  Walter  Smyth, 


Holywood , 

Co. Down,  Ireland. 

Dear  Sir:- 

ict  me  assure  yon  that  it  repays  me 
for  my  years  of  hard  work  in  trying  to  perfect  the 
phonograph  when  I  receive  unsolicited,  letters  of 
commendation  such  as  you  have  kindly  sent  ne.  I  sm 
much  gratified  to  learn  that  you  and  your  family  de¬ 
rive  so  much  enjoyment  from  the  phonograph,  and  I 
trust  that  it  will  never  diminish.  I  am  doing  my 
best  that  it  shall  not,  as  I  am  constantly  endeavor- 
ing  to  improve  the  quality  of  the  records. 

yours  very  truly. 


Dear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your 
favor  of  the  fifth  Instant,  and  would  say  in  re¬ 
ply  that  Hr.  Edison  will  ’nave  an  examination  made 
of  the  patents  of  various  foreign  countries  to  see 
if  a  patent  on  your  device  would  he  a  good  one  . 
After  this  examination  has  been  made,  which  will 
take  a- little  time,  I  will  take  up  the  matter  again 
with  you. 

pet  me  say  for  yOHr  information  that  your 
device  nake  s  no  improvement  whatever  on  the  Disc 
machine,  hut  it  does  on  the  Cylinder  phonograph. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  H.r.  Edison. 


Mr.  Jacques  Urlus, 

217  Riverside  Drive , 
Hew  York  City. 
Dear  Hr.  Drlus: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  fifth 
instant  and  in  reply  keg  to  soy  that  your  last  records  are 
eood.  T  don’t  think  we  will  he  able  to  get  any  of  them 
through  our  m^facturing  processes  hy  .April  17th‘  'ml 
you  kindly  leave  your  address  with  Hr.  Hiller  at  our  Jew 
York  office  and  say  to  him  that  T  want  two  of  each  of  your 

records  forwarded  to  you. 

\Ve  all  notice  that  when  the  selections  you 
sing  are  composed  of  long  and  sustained  notes  and  are  not 
broken  ur  hy  a  number  of  German  words,  they  are  very  beau¬ 
tiful.  Too  many,  spoken  words  in  German  are  fatal  to  the 
musical  quality.  Ghe  vocal  cords  cannot  talk  and  sing  sim¬ 
ultaneously  without  had  results. 

7/e  hope  that  the  next  time  you  sing  you  will 

let  u,  liave  ...  si «e.  J/fe  * ■ 

which  are  suitable  for  Genor. 

Yours  very> 


April  10th.  1915. 

llr.  George  H.  Hammel, 

285  WehBter  Avenue , 

Jersey  City,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  7th  instant  was  handed  to  me  for 
perusal,  and  I  read  *t  with  a  great  deal  of  interest,  let  me 
say  for  your  information  that  we  have  been  recording  some  very 
fine  German  records  made  hy  Urlus,  the  Tenor  at  the  Metropoli¬ 
tan  Opera.  As  to  Beethoven,  we  have  not  been  satisfied  with 
the  quality  of  the  records  that  we  have  made,  and  X  n<*  have  in 
course  of  construction  a  large  special  building,  in  which  I  hope 
to  sake  good  records  of  all  of  the  best  Symphonies  and  Sonatas 
of  Beethoven,  Mosart.  Brahms  and  Bach.  No  phonograph  will  nake 
proper  records  of  these  masterpieces  under  the  conditions  upon 
which  we  are  all  working  at  the  present  time. 

I  am  sorry  to  be  obliged  to  add  to  this  letter  that 
we  shall  never  sell  many  of  these  fine  records,  as  the  general 
public  is  not  looking  for  them. 


April  18th.  1916. 

J.  P,  McHaughton,  Gen’l.  Sa^®|  Ase«t, 


S‘r’  ,,f„,i»s  to  ?o«  *«,*  of  U«o,  »*  -  ™  «*- 

of  .to,  1U  ».t  «  -  ZZZ'V-™** 

that  portion  of  your  letter  cone 

- —•  - 1..  — 

**■  01  °a“  r  r,..o» « — * 

oe,  «..■«>•>«  of  * ;;^XMat.„ «.-»*» «“  '>s,e" 

will  uae  will  arrange  with  tta  due  me  ;  my 

°f  aC00^8  *  ZZ  IZ  TepV^  matter  under  careful  check. 

rr::rr  r:;  ~~  -  — — - 

With  the  Canadian  xoadB.  over  which  the  ^  the  pleas- 

Thanking  you  for  your  kind  offer. 

^  +  of  vour  further  favora,  I  rema^__~!, 
ure  of  the  receipt  of  your  -p' 

Yours  very  truly,,--'''' 


April  12th.  1915. 

*“  “10,%?  ?  ..:„  ,.«  mphfwiMi" 

I"  *  *•  *•»*  s®°  •  - 1  •**“*  ,0 

^ **  :r  i  can  mate-  it  even  still  purer 

'  '  the  sample  .  if  ^sirah^.,  arid  with  very  little 

?  *}-  expense.  I  quoted  *1.65  to  the  Bussian  rep- 

/'•  'S^btatlve  you  sent  a  feW'days  ago.  hut  am  afraid 
V-^^.t#  the  order  will  not  he  plaoed  at  that  price. 

a o  you  think?  ^ 

'Tlff  fl»t  ■ 

'  April'  12tbj  1915. 

Prondfoot  Commercial  A^mcy,  ; 

149  Broadwayt'*^ 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Prondfoot 

Allr.  Charles  B.  Cassell  of  1044 

....  t0  vr  Edison  for  a  position. 

Street .  •  *"  '  „  ^fereaoee  the 

„S  b,  mart.  J0h  to  toot  him  «*•  *  61" 


Chicago,  Ill- 

He.  states  also  the  «—> •  “ 

perienoe  before  he  was  connects  Hath  the  Royal  ''‘Oroester 

rzr^-a-.assassa  s* 

anl  at  your  earliest  oohtehl.aoe . 

yours  very  truly. 

—  -  _  1 


nVie  T,  3.  Chalmers  c°**v 
-**  H’  schenectafty,  H*  Y‘ 

»•  *•  01tr< 

»— isss-*  n 

Will  try  ana.  8<mi 

.  tM  eaX«  *  ..-  of  x  win  try  011 

^ ,.»» imjsgi&sr 

AB  to  theeigW  haft  &re  of  any  pa^  them  for  a- 

-rr*7»sr3  l-  ~  -  *  M“ 

Aprll/'Uttl.  1915. 


w»Mch  you  .»«»  »•  -”'rt  “*“M  W'  ™ 

oi,i.  Form...  «*»•»«•  P“1  ‘°  01  ‘r  ‘ 

®  occ.sion  <*  «“  ,0  “•  ^ 

Ll.  »*  of  Honor  o»  ™  «*•  «•-  *“  «"■ 

Mr.  Edison  wishes  you  to  sey  to  lx.  or 
TO  on.  oth„.  ta«  H„n  -> 

J.l  on  .i.  occasion,  -  V  -  -  "  ' 

^  4.  *.+  awav  flora  the  lah oratory,  hi. 

ag  he  is  too  husy  to  get  away 

M1„;  M-«». ««°» *»  -  ”c,,v' tM  *“  ° 

him,  as  he  will  not  go. 

Yours  veiy  truly. 

April  14  th.  19] 

New  York  City. 

"hl0  Wl11  confirn  the  telephone  messages  which  Mr. 

"i3h  Wlt,‘  *’  ”“h  “  *«“**«*  thousand  (100,000)  p0UMa 

pure  Mphenjlaaine  at  a  price  of  one  dollar  and  traty-fir. 
oonta  ftl.M)  and  that  T  could  start  deliveries  on 

dun.  «rat.  1015  .t  the  rat,  on  rl„  hu„ared  (600) 

I  also  heg  to  confirm  the  ressage  I  sent  you  over  th« 
telephone  to  the  effect  that  you  could  ask  the  Russian  one  dol- 
iar  and  thirty-seven  cents  ($1.37)  a  pound,  which  would  allow 
7ou  a  10*  commission.  Since  then  X  have  telephoned  you  to  he 
mre  and  get  the  Hussian  order  if  possible,  as  I  could  perhaps 
ake  a  little  lov/er  price  if  necessary. 

Yours  very  t-rtfly 


kpri  1, 

,  Takaki . 

Mitsui  &  Company ,  At d. ,  /' 

25  Madison  Afrenue  ,/  t 

Hew  Y&i:  cyfr  AtyStlpn  • 

Dear  Sir:  /  /  /  J 

Confirming  my  telephonWssage  to  you  tM^afternoon 
through  Mr.  Meadowcroft,  I  heg  to  say  that  it  is  simply  impossi¬ 
ble  to  tell  what  the  Toluol  output  will  he  from  the  gases^of  any 
Coke  oven  plant.  It  all  depends  upon  what  is  in  the  c<x~„  and 
no  one  can  tell  until  after  the  plant  has  gone  into  operation. 

It  is  therefore  not  safe  to  contract  for  a  minimum  quan 
tity  of  Toluol  in  nuking  your  contracts.  If  you  are  going  to  sell 
all  that  we  nuke  at  Woodward.  the  only  safe  thing  to  do  is  to 
aeree  to  furnish  the  entire  output  of  Toluol  from  the  Ben  no 1  Ab¬ 
sorbing  Plant  of  Thomas  A.  Bdieon  at  Woodward,  Alabama,  approxi¬ 
mating  two  hundred  fifty  (250)  gallons  per Jay^  mor!  ^ess . 

>“•  ’si'ia  stat' of 

p.hilat^lr^la  •  pa‘ 

Dear  Hr.  Ov/ena:  ^raonal  letters 

I  received  Tooth  your  official  and  r  ^  ^  Frank- 

*•  raa  f,”‘ 

*“  1  “  01  T-U  no,  a,,.nrVo  «J  ~  -^T.fSV 

ana  certificate.  explained  the  diffioal  J  t 

you,  so  1  W1J.J.  - 

,ith  kind  regards  .  I  remain.^  ✓ 

Sincere ly.SPa^  , 

April  14th.  1915. 

Mr.  Edward  P.  Stettinlus , 

Export  Department, 

J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co., 

215  Wall  Street , 

Hew ''York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Stettinius: 

,e  Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  12th  inBtan  , 

T  to  thot  ..  to  »«  noting  «*  *.«■»! 

I*  « .«»  “  -  °Mai"  *  •'mo4,“* 

I  .MnK  «.«  only  to*.  •  *«*  “»• 

We  propose  nsing  for  shipments  of  the  Tolu- 

„.(1«  tou®  *  «r“‘*  .1  «*  “'1  **»  ,1101 

yono.  ».  «  —  -  —  #13  S“E"  “  ” 

welded  throughout.  They  comply  with  the  Interstate 

,ttt«  SMOTln6  sr,o«t.a«o»  #5.  —  •»*  *“* 

«*,.«.« .  ««''*?•"’  1  -t'  m 

awi-t  ,t«i  —  . 1  -n™  *“™“  ’,0t 

anv  chances  of  leakage. 

V-m  you  kindly*  advise  me  whel 

of  ton  (10)  to-  “  *«“  ’ux  - 

Your  s  v  e  ry---t  fuly , 

rh ether  shipments 

April  13th. 

Stone  &  Webster  Management  Association, 

Stone  &  Webster  Building, 

147  Milk  Street, 

Boston,  Mass. 


I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  tenth  instant 
In  regard  to  the  holder  oil  which  we  received  from  Pawtucket 
and  Hew  London,  and  would  say  that  our  analysis  shows  that  the 
is  so  little  Benzol  of  Toluol  in  the  samples  that  we  would  noi 
he  interested. 

I  think  that  possibly  the  United  Gas  Improvement  Con 
pany  of  Philadelphia  might  be  able  ibo  make  some  use  of  it,  and 
would  suggest  that  you  communicate  with  Hr.  W.  H.  Gartley  in 
care  of  that  Company. 

I  thank  you  for  sending  me  the  samples. 

Yours  veiy  truly. 


Jacques  Wolf  &  Company, 

Passaic,  H.  J. 


I  leg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of 
your  favor  of  the  12th  instant,  and  thank 
you  for  the  information  therein  contained. 

Do  you  happen  to  have  on  hand  some 
’bf  the  Paranitraniline  which  you  bought  be¬ 
fore  the  War;  If  so,  can  you  spare  me  a 
sample.  I  would  very  much  life  to  have  it. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Mr.  Stanley  Doggett,  / 
99  John  Street,  / 

Hew  York  City. 

s^Aprli  15  th.  1915. 

Confirming  our  conversatiofc,  I  teg  to  aay  that  1  am 
ready  to  accept  contract  for  fifty  to  sixty  tons  of  Aniline  Oil 
in  equal  monthly  shipments,  commencing  June  1st,  1915  and  ex¬ 
tending  to  the  end  of  the  present  year  at  twenty-nine  (291  cents 
per  pound,  net,  I?.  0.  B.  Silver  tote  .  IT.  J.  Drxims  extra,  to  he 
credited  if  returned  in  good  order  within  ninety  days  from  date 
of  original  shipment. 

As  to  Aniline  Salt,  T  will  accept  an  order  for  any  rea¬ 
sonable  quantity  on  time  contract  for  one  year  at  thirty-five  (35) 
cents  per  pound,  7.  0.  B.  Silver  Lata  ,  IT.  J.,  containers  extra. 

At  this  price  for  Aniline  Salt,  I  would  allow  you  a  8*  commission. 

These  offers  to  he  open  for  two  weeks  from  date  of  this 
letter.  If  at  the  end  of  that  time  you  have  not  comply  any 
negotiations  then  under  way  I  will  consider  giving  youfpexten- 

7  /  * 

,/  t  /! 

1  I  v 

April  14  th.  1916. 

4509  Michigan  Avenue  , 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  10th  instant,  which 

has  haa  my  careful  attention. 

1  am  sure  you  will  qaite  understand  that  we  Bhould  de- 
,1„  to  hear  .  trial  of  I  cor  hnah.nd's  vole.  befee-e  ««  ooold  d«. 
old,  uhetber  bis  singing  would  bo  acceptable  for  »bl»5  our 
graph  records.  O.nerallr  spoking,  so  don't  w  the  expense.  of 
Binge rs  coning  on  to  ..he  trial  reoords.  bat  I  would  s«ge=.t  that 
he  night  go  to  our  Phonograph  Shop  In  Ohloago,  #2S9  South  naba.h 
Menu,,  and  see  Mr.  0.  B.  OooWIn  there ,  end  sing  for  bln.  Mr. 
Soodnin  nuuld  then  trite  ..  hi.  about  the  talc,.  Iron 
which  1  should  he  better  able  to  Judge  -bat  could  be  done. 

Yours  very  truly. 


April  14  th.  1915. 

Mr.  1> .  J.  Haberkorn, 

The  House  of  Musio , 

ChatBWorth,  Ill. 

Dear  Mr.  Haberfcorn: 

X  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  ?th 
instant  in  re  gard  to  ^  re gre ^hXwe  'f  o^d  that 

js.’ijs  Msr.‘.  rissj  «-  - 

have  is  whether  a  voice  is  a  good  phonograph  voice  . 

You  will  probably  be  surprised  to  learn  that 
out  a?  the  thousands  of  voices  I  have  tested  we  teve  ^und  only 

ords  that  you  could  not  even  dream  of  as  you  have  not  had  me 
years  of  experience  on  the  technical  side. 

»  aiue-er  may  be  very  successful  both  for  con- 

!£  is  ssr 

kssXhE  srai  ^.‘rsvii^a  r  ‘  e"“ 

»•  Jd,L'rS'Si«i»*i  0... 

25  Broad  Street. 

25  l°e%  York  City. 

Bear  Mr.  Parker:  ■■ 

z  Beg  to  acknowledge  re cell* 

«  „«  favor  «  ««  14th  ,”t**  '”°1“  . 

c.H  at  joar  odltorl.l  » 

^  4-w  t  handed  this  to 

of  interest  aod  wishes  w  to  thaoh  Jou  ^or 
ooadlag  it  f  “  *  ^  al„  had  «*  pMaaox.  of 

readme  «  •»»“ •  *‘"W  *alI1“*10”' 

Yours  very  truly. 


to  Mr .  Edison. 


April  15th.  1915. 

Hr .  Andrew  Imbrie  ,  purchasing  Agent , 
?he  United  States  Finishing  Co. 
320  Broadway. 

Uew  Yoik  City . 

Bear  Mr.  Imbrie: 

I  Bin  in  receipt  of  your  favor 

of  the  14th  instant,  ar*  heg  to  thank  you  for 
the  sample  of  German  Paranitraniline  in  the 
powdered  form,  which  you  so  kindly  sent  me. 

X  am  send ine  you  to-night  hy 
mail,  under  separate  cover,  a  sample  of  our 
own  productfff^st  it  will  he  received  safe¬ 
ly  and  in  due  course  . 


very  truly,'' 


Hr.-  Thomas  E.  Murray, 

54,  Wall  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Murray; 

Mr.  Headowcroft  tells  me  that  the  supply  of 
a  thousand  gallons  a  day  of  crude  Benzol  at  some  southern 
gaB  plant  will  not  he  ready  until  July.  I  an  just  writing 
to  say  that  I  shall  he  very  glad  Indeed  to  give  Mr.  Brady 
and  yourself  any  advice  I  can  to  enable  him  to  get  the  heat 

re  suit  b  from  this. 

a  please 

1  me  when  you  are  ready . 

April  15th.  1915. 

Dr>  Institute  ’ of  the  State  of  Pennsylvania. 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Dear  Dr.  Clark: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  13th  instant, 
and  would  say  in  reply  that  I  shall  he  happy  to  have  you  shown 
through  the  laboratory  and  the  works  some  day  when  it  is 

lent  for  you  to  come  over  here. 

possibly  I  "lent  W  to  so  to  Pbil.aelphi.  on 

t*  19th  of  MW,  hot  Just  hoe,  the  swooort  of  .0*  1.  00  !!«•* 
t„t  It  l.  rather  for  »«  to  Be.  W  *W  1  rtl1 

Ml!  yoa.  therefor, .  to  .0.  loot  »I>«»  **.  aa  a  aefioite  pro.,.,  . 

hut  I  will  do  my  he  st . 

With  kind  regards,  I  remain^,. 

Yours  very  ''truly , 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  10th  instant,  and 
heg  to  assure  you  in  reply  that  in  time  we  will  have  records  of 
all  the  good  singers,  tut  I  wish  to  say  for  your  information  that 
there  are  only  a  few  of  the  celebrated  Grand  Opera  Artists  who 
have  good  voices.  Generally  speaking,  the  reputation  of  these 
artists  is  due  to  good  acting  and  personality  and  very  little  to 
the  quality  of  voice.  These  we  do  not  care  to  record,  although 
our  competitors  continuously  use  the m  for  advertising  purposes. 

you  can  come  over  to  the  Laboratory  any  time  and  we 
will  turn  you  over  to  one  of  our  experts,  who  will  teach  you  what 
you  wish  to  know  about  the  instrument.  When  you  come  .  please  ask 
for  my  Assistant.  Mr.  Ileadowcrof t . 

Yours  very  truly. 


Hr.  Rob  alter  W.  Raymond, 
29  West  39th  Street, 
Hew  York  City. 

April  16th .  1916. 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
ninth  instant,  ana  in  reply  beg  to  say  that  I 
do  not  remember  ever  having  asked  advice  auch  aB 
you  mention  from  any  scientific  man.  Generally 
speaking,  in  fomlng  a  theory,  I  studied  the 
transactions  of  the  Societies  and  read  as  far  as 
possible  all  that  has  been  done  .  If  it  looks 
good,  I  adopt  It,  and  proceed  to  experiment.  If 
the  theory  does  not  work  to  get  me  results ,  I 
run  wild  and  work  empirically.  -  and  then  I  gen¬ 
erally  get  results. 

Yours  very  truly,  - - 



H orman  de 
lie  East 

H.  Whitehouse  , 
56th  Street  , 

'  Y01V  City. 

Chairman , 

Bear  Madam: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  13th  instant,  md  In  reply  *eg  to  say 
that  I  am  In  favor  of  Homan  Suffrage .  Homan 
u,1b  hy  far  the  best  of  humanity.  -  the  great¬ 
est  moral  foroe  in  the  world. 

Yours  very  truly. 


April  17th.  1915. 

Iff.  Stanley  hoi 

99  John  ^fcreet. 


P.eferring/to  the  telephone  conversation  between  your¬ 
self  ana  Mr.  Meadowcroft  today,  in  which  you  asked  me  to  increase 
the  quantity  of  Aniline  Oil  from  sixty  (60)  tons  to  a  greater 
figure  that  you  might  offer  for  sale,  I  beg  to  confirm  what  I  au¬ 
thorized  Mr.  Me adov/croft  to  tell  you  on  the  telephone. 

At  the  time  of  telephoning  you  had  made  a  contract  for 
thirty-four  (34)  tons  of  Aniline  Oil,  which  left  twenty-six  (26) 
tons  eut  of  the  sixty  (60)  mentioned  in  my  letter  to  you  of  April 
15th,  1915.  You  stated  to  Mr.  Meadowcroft  that  you  were  going  West 
to  see  the  firestone  P.nbher  Company  and  would  like  to  136  in  P08i_ 
tion  to  offer  them  more  than  the  twenty-six  (26)  tons,  and  1  au¬ 
thorized  Mr.  Meadowcroft  to  tell  you  that  I  would  add  nine  (9)  tons, 
so  as  to  make  a  total  of  thirty-five  (36)  tons,  which  would  make  an 
equal  delivery  of  five  (6)  tons  per  month  for  June,  July,  August, 
September,  October,  November  and  December,  1915. 

YourB  very  trujj 

0  CX  ^Ct  1/3 


/  LXf 

April  17th.  1915. 

lord  Richard  Neville 
Rideau  Hall, 

Ottawa ,  Ont . 

Uy  dear  lord  Hevllle : 

At  my  laboratory  last  week  I  exhibited 
to  an  officer  of  the  Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Company  a  new  type 
of  phonograph  which  reproduces  all  music  perfectly  and  without 
the  slightest  trace  of  mechanical  timbre.  He  suggested  that  I 
should  have  one  of  these  instruments  shown  to  the  Duke  of  Con¬ 
naught  and  members  of  his  family.  Should  you  like  to  hear  it. 
1  will  have  one  sent. 

It  may  interest  you  toleam  that  I  have 
recently  furnished  the  Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Company  with  a 
plant  for  the  extraction  of  Toluol  from  their  coke  oven  gases, 
for  which  I  believe  your  Government  in  London  has  very  urgent 

April  16th.  1915. 

Mr.  George  H.  Hemjnel, 

281  Webster  Avenue, 

Jersey  City,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  14th  lnatant,  and  would  say  in  reply  that  I  be¬ 
lieve  that  our  competitors  bring  out  the  record  you 
mention  purely  for  advertising  puiroses.  Their  busi¬ 
ness  is  built  up  by  advertising  celebrated  artists, 
whose  reputation  has  been  attained  In  nearly  every 
oaBe  from  their  anting  and  personality  and  not  because 
of  any  .superior  duality  of  voice.  Their  records  of 
these  artists  show  hew  poor  the  voices  are. 

Yours  very  truly. 

lira.  A.  M.  Hen  sen , 

Tracy ,  Minn. 

Bear  Madam; 

He f erring  further  to  your  favor  of 
the  12th  instan*.  we  heg  to  a  ay  that  Mr.  Edison 
tea  been  shown  the  song  "Minnesota",  and  says 
that  he  could  not  use  it  for  a  phonograph  record, 
aa  it  is  usually  the  tune  that  sells  a  record 
and  not  the  words.  We  therefore  return  the  printed 
copy  of  the  song  herewith. 

fours  very  truly, 

Bel  is  on  laboratory. 

Enclosure  . 


April  lOJh.inB. 

Ihe  Associated  newspapers. 
Singer  Building , 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  14th  instant  In  regard  to  the  oar- 
toons  made  hy  your  Mr.  H.  E.  Webster  on 
"Our  Boyhood  Ambitions" .  I  would  say  In 
reply  that  I  have  no  objections  to  his  mak¬ 
ing  one  referring  to  myself  if  you  wish. 

Hy  boyhood  ambition  was  experimenting  with 

I  should,  of  course,  be  glad  to 
receive  the  original  cartoon  after  Its  re¬ 

yours  very^o 

Hiss  Bertha  H.  Baruch, 

Industrial  -Union  for  the  Deaf, 

Chauncey  Hall  Building , 

585  Boylston  Street, 

Boston,  Mass. 

Dear  Madam: 

I  Deg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your 
favor  of  the  12th  instant,  and  would  say  in  re¬ 
ply  that  a  horn  held  in  front  of  the  grill  on 
the  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph  and  placed  to  the 
ear  of  the  deaf  person  is  the  most  powerful  de¬ 
vice  for  a  hearing  test. 

V7e  could  loan  you  such  a  horn,  or 
you  might  "borrow  one  of  the  old  type  phonograph 
horns  from  one  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Dealers 
in  Boston. 

April  19th.  193,6 

Or.  ?ra °f  0Mn 
Bom*  iron 

Sydney.  Cape  Breton, 

1  .  Qf  your  favor 

t  am  in  reoeir*  oi 

of «. «** *“*«*•  ^lch  has  !T  ZL 


have  not  yet  come  "to  hand..  shall  t>e 

glad  to  see  them  -*«n  they  arrive  . 

y,e  had  trouble  with  our  cast 

iron  Blrsel ,  but  we  found  the  trouble  and 

^.hothof  themare  -rhinEnne.  There 

.  „  trace  of  wash  oil  comes  over, 

ia  scarcely  a  iraoe  o 

0-r  the  big  cap  thT<Weh 
Vie  lifted  one  edge  o-  - 

tttM  o«U.  on  all  caps. 
vent  to  ot,»  on.  1«—  -.*~ 

*-  -™1"*  ""  "  t„t  yoo  „ 

I  am  very  el&S  to  t<.aru 

.  results,  and  congratulate 

getting  suoh  fine  result, 

E  a  vnrli  have  done  on  getting 

you  on  the  good  wo  A 

your  plant  in  operation. 


Clarence  Billon.  . , 
fo  William  A.  'Bead  m  Co. . 
naasau  &  Cedar  Streets, 
new  York  City. 

Deav  Hr.  Billon: 

.  ■  rle-rhone  conversation  -between  you 

Confirming  T°wlll  take  four  hundred 

and  Hr.  Header, croft ,  \ ™  *  Be:.:-ol  for  one  year  at  six^y- 

f400l  gallons  per  day  of  y  ^  ,  t  i  oan  commence  making  reg- 

b  iffua::  jssrsAtfS  i% 

B  s.*%2«CSi  -  y“ 

in  the  way  of  getting  one  a  &  stm, 

At  my  Chemical  WorkB  in  Silve a  depone  .  which 

?\£ll  !m“i!  ”r4i#L‘r»««ao‘S;  it1"  '“'.ffl ,*«««•  “ 
5! “*■>”  “**• for  *“■  ruir°"- lflnl 
i  ™,» »»* *«/s.*srasl*s  5S-W«“g. ». 

Yours  v^y*<rnly. 


April  20th .  1915. 



1  1 


11  Miss  Mildred  V.  Grainger, 

|1|  796  Bast  38th  Street, 

/'•  \ 

r|||  Dos  Angeles,  Cal. 

Dear  Ilias  Grainger:  :  : 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  9th  instant 

in  regard  tt  the  article  on  '"Hr ..  Edts  on1  s  Brick  and  Concrete", 
let  me  say  that  this  ..article  was. a  malicious  attack  hy  the  Brick 
Industry  Organ  and  full. of  false  statements. 

.As  a  matter  of  fact,  all  my  concrete  -build¬ 
ings  are  retired  and  in  use  .  while  all  the  hrick  and  steel  huild 

,  entirely  destroyed  hy  the -fire  . 

April  20th.  1916 

Dr.  T.  Whittelsey ,  Director, 

General  Lahoratorie a , 

United  States  Bubber  Co., 
58th  St.  &  11th.  Ave . 
Hew  York  City. 

I  duly  received  your  favor  of  the 
13th  instant  in  regard  to  Storage.  Battery 
jars,  and  would  say  in  reply  that  the  list 
you  have  contains  the  only  articles  we  know 
of  that  are  safe  for  use  for  hard  rubber 

Yours  very  truly*— 



April  22nd.  1915, 


Harvey  Heitman, 


Uyers,  ?la. 

Be  a: 

r  Sir : 

Your  favor  of  the  eighth  instant 

to  I 

trs.  E 

neon  in  regard  to  Zeeman  lias 



Have  yon  in  view  a  reliable 




for  the  place?  My  wife  will 

al  so 


and  get  a  family. 

finn  von  sret  a  reliable  woman 

.  to 



s  away  in  good  shape  for  the 


•wwwngwf  ii  22n&.  1915. 


- ri,Msa  ^ ~  -  -  -  •  - 
Prop.rty  o,  citing  aoai.  ot  «,  «*  «*-“*»•  -  1  ” 

L  to  r-  up  —  »  “  “*  -  ‘  ^  '  "I, 

,,  cnld  you  determine  the  duality  at  oo* 
coal,  conic  yo  Ooal  to  yont  I*  *av.raBl« . 

•by-products  he  couia  get  if  X  ««" 

”  t  induce  him  to  connect  ur  with  yon  tor  the  entire  *«*  • 

1  ^  y  „  wondering  whether  yonr  pure  Ben.ol  still,  are 

Better  than  Badger..  >,  -  Bure  —  -*  ~ 

difficulty,  although  the  prodnot,  ««oh  .»  — 

Hotel  test. 

Ycura  ve; 

AW  11  2  and.  1915 

/  il 

caV.l .  /  yf 

.&  Company}  /  f 
fe. ill  son  Av<ku*<r .  | 

ConfirminE  the  telephone  nes^e  vrhich 
36nt  you  thro^h  Mr.  ifcadorcroft,  I  >«C  to  sajr 
at  we  can  Met  the  Hotel  Specification  on  the 
1Uol  that  will  he  made  at  VToodward,  Alabama. 

mhe  Toluol  I  made  for  you  Is  almost  ur 

.  1,1+  one  more  wash 

,  the  Hotel,  tut  I  had  to  Eive  It  one  m 

in  a  re  a  1st  ill  it;  th 

i  it  met  the  Hotel 

AE,i:.U.^nd.  1915. 

United  !:  ?lo"be  nnWer  VM$>  5os •  i 


SsftetftE to  y°'n‘  favor  °r  the  19th 

instant,  I  leg  to  say  tint  I  cannot  offer  any 
Ben:;ol ,  as  I  use  all  I  get  for  mailing  Aniline 

Oil  and  OarT-olic  Acid. 

Yours  verjA 


C<v«  aja.K«od-fCo 

Tla  *S«JU. 5r  "W  If  Odtf 



. I®!5' 

Clarenoe  Dillon,  Esq., 
\V.  A.  Heal  &  Comrany, 
Hassau  &  Ce  dar  Streets  , 
Hew  York  City. 

Ur.  Bdi  a  on  naiad  at  to  loot  up  ora  fiua  and  Bond 
yon  th.  nama a  of  ao.o  mrtlo.  «o  hav,  ,.««  «*“««*  r“  »- 
aol.  ft.  nanoa  and  addroa.o.  that  I  fonnd  a.  far  nr,  a,  follow 

_  P.5  Denver  Street - Hew  York. 

A.  E.  He i ghway  , . . p-^adwav . Hew  York. 

C.  B.  Hichara  &  Company— . 31  Broa___t. _ Akron.  Ohio. 

piille  r  Huhhe  r  Company -  "  _ Passaic,  H.J. 

jacgues  ’7olf  &  Company---- . . "II  — . -  Stamford,  Cot: 

American  Synthetic  Color  Co.—  Bldg. - Philadelphia, 

Horace  Buson - - - -  .  pA  \70-rth  Street - Hew  York. 

Duplex  Electrio  Comrany . -  *01  aro 

Hastman  Kodak  Company . " iT^T'secor 

Hi  Eiseman  &  Sons — - ”  rl  s^3 

Milliam  E.  Jordan,  Inc.- . -  11  . 

Sterling  Hnhher  Co.  ltd. - 

Yours  very  truly 

::::::  25v  Br^my- --------  IKY. 

::::::  street-  ^ 

■ . 11  Cliff  Street . Canada. 

P.  S.  Also  The 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Eli  s 

Standard  Oil  Cloth  Co.,  320  Broadway,  IT.  Y.  City. 

26th,..  1915 . 

Uonaanto  Chsmic  al  v/orha, 

St .  louie  ,  Mo . 

Gentle  men: 

your  favor  of  the  Slat  Instant  was  forwarded  to  our 
Chemical  Works  at  Silver  lake,  -hie  will  e^lain  the  delay  in 
m>ing  reply,  let  me  a  ay  for  your  information  that  While  the 
Carbolic  Plant  is  built  by  Thomas  A.  Edi^n.  Inc,  all  the  cor- 
re  sp on  dance  in  regard  to  technical  one ationa  should  be  had  with 

me  . 

I  „ot.  you  on  the  22nd  1-t.nt,  I  stated  that  w. 
would  pay  the  nine  dollars  (§91  .**»■•»  <*  the  three 

(3)  drums.  hnt  omitted  to  say  tint  ..  tonld  render  •  •»«« 
for  the  thirty-five  and  o»,-h«lf  (38  1/21  °f  B““1  l°’* 

hy  the  distillation.  I  *H  »*"  »“  •*“1 

a  credit  thronfh  for  this,  end  tee  to  «*  that  yon  hlndly  accept 

my  apology  for  the  omission. 

I  note  that  yen  -ill  have  to  redistill  the  dm.  nhich 
.as  invoiced  natch  30th.  v.hen  yon  have  redistilled  this  .  flea™ 
,e„a  a  memorandum  of  the  espenoe  end  the  less. 



,  "April  27 til-  1S16. 


re^perffd  bj 

Mrs.  Bdison  and  f«lo«B,  and ‘the  other  for 

list  is  made  in  two  diviB ions,  o  asking  too  much 

s'  «-■*■  ow  °n 

lower  tier. 

*x ».  “isHI  ■ 

uy  list  la  divided  “°^*nSrag£tily 

form,  hexes,  and  seaeralaudienoe^  I  oonoerna  the  parties  in 
one  of  them  too  extensive,  so  d  according  to  your  oon- 

;uiiS9  r°“'ia“  *° 

of  them  otherwise. 

in  making  out  my  11b  t  I 

S fiffiT^t»S.2/°S.1JS*S».  Mr.  Ford  or  Mr.  Martin. 

Crusting  all  of  the  above  will  he  satisfactory.  1 


Yours  very  truly. 

■§*4 &**~*f*-' 

Assistant  to  Mr^Bdison. 


Gentle  men-. 

Onx  Mr.  Mason  sent  nlL-a^ory  of  tie  application  for  mem¬ 
bership  In  the  Cambria  Mutual  Benefit  Association  with  o'opy  of  the 
Constitution  attached,  and  Informs  me  that  your  Company  requires 
all  workmen  to  belong  to  this  Association  ana  pay  dues  of  one  dol¬ 
lar  ($1)  per  month,  you  paying  In  about  the  same  amount.  Accord¬ 
ing  to  the  Constitution  the  employee  reoeives  oertain  benefits  In 
case  of  slokness  or  aooident. 

Mr.  Mason  informs  me  that  you  have  kindly  proposed  to  put 
my  men  on  your  payroll  and  pay  them  aireot,  charging  the  same  to  me 
monthly,  and  then  all  workmen  would  be  required  to  belong  to  the 
Association  and  receive  all  Its  benefits,  and  I  would  be  relieved 
of  liability  for  accident.  Under  this  arrangement,  the  Manager  of 
my  plant  would  have  full  privilege  to  hire  and  discharge  men,  and 
set  their  rates  etc. 

I  understand  also  that  a  total  limitation  of  payment  by 
the  Association  to  workmen  or  their  representatives  for  death  or 
rermanent  disability  is  one  thousand  dollars  ($1,000) ,  and  that  if 
r  make  the  arrangement  with  you,  as  above  outlined,  you  wish  me  to 
r  :.-re  e  to  protect  you  for  any  Judgment  obtained  by  an  employee  or 
:.'{a  representative  for  over  one  thousand  dollars  (§1,000) 

I  now  write  to  say  that  I  shall  be  glad  t  o  take  advantage 
of  your  courteous  offer  to  have  my  workmen  put  on  your  payroll,  you 
paying  them  direct  and  charging  to  me  monthly,  and  requiring  them 
to  belong  to  the  Association,  as  above  mentioned.  I  shall  be  glad 
to  have  you  tarry  this  into  effect  at  once,  and  agree  om  my  rart 
to  protect  yor.  -’or  any  excess  over  one  thousand  dollars  (vl,000) 
that  you  may  be  compelled  to  pay  on  any  Judgment  obtained  by  one  of 
my  employees  or  his  representatives  by  reason  of  death  or  permanent 

Yours  very  truly 


J.  H.  Plurame r ,  Bag.  President 
Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Cr*-"-” 

Toronto,  Ontario,  Canadi 

Dear  Mr.  Plummer: 

In  aooordanoT"with  your  rSTpr^t  I  plaStrff'jthe 
orders  for  the  Badger  and  Hirzel  Stills  for  the  Sault  Ste. 

Marie  Plant.  In  doing  so,  I  have  acted  as  your  agent  in  order 
to  expedite  the  construction  and  delivery  of  the  Stills. 

I  telegraphed  you  yesterday  as  follows: 

"You  may  now  place  confirming  order  direct  with  B.  B. 

Badger  &  Sons  Co.,  Boston  for  two  StillB  I  ordered 
for  you.  One  Still  eight  weeks,  one  ten  weeks.  Ask 
them  send  you  regular  written  proposal." 

I  shall  assume,  therefore,  that  you  will  sign  a 
contract  with  E.  B.  Badger  &  Sons  Company direct  for  these  two 
StillB,  thus  relieving  me  of  any  financial  responsibility  in 
regard  thereto. 

In  regard  to  the  Hirzel  Stills,  I  have  placed  the 
c.rflgr  for  two  of  therewith  the  shops  that  make  them,  and  shall  he 
obliged  if  you  will  kindly  send  me  a  formal  order  for  the  same, 
ith  full  directions  for  shipment  when  they  are  ready.  I  note 
Khat  the  purchaser  of  all  these  Stills  is  the  Toronto  Chemical 
company.  Ltd.,  of  which  you  are  Vice  President.  I  have  not  looked 
p  their  rating,  hut  would  he  perfectly  satisfied  with  your  per- 
onal  guarantee  if  you  will  kindly  give  me  this. 

April  path.  1915. 

Mr.  Henry  1.  Doherty, 

%  Henry  L.  Doherty  &  Co. , 

60  Wall  Street, 

Hew  Yoik  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Doherty: 

I  heg  to  thank  you  for  your  favor  of  the  S7th 
instant,  enclosing  a  telegram  from  the  Pacific  C-as  &  Electric 
Company,  for  which  courteous  attention  please  accept  my  thanks. 

Unfprtunately  San  Pranoisoo  is  too  far  away  to 
enable  me  to  utilise  the  Bensol.  !1»  freight  would  make  it 

prohibitive.  I  return  your  telegram  herewith. 

Yours  very  truly. 

\stl  ec^^^****"4  ‘=U"^rclv’;a 


Mr.  B.  G.  Ilehold, 

Assistant  to  HENRY  HOPE, 

Detroit ,  Ml oh. 

Dear  Mr.  Ilehold; 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  27th  Instant  In  regard  to  the  latter 
from  Mr.  Morgan,  as  to  the  dinner  which  he 
wants  Mr.  Edison  and  Mr.  Eord  to  attend. 

Mr.  Edison  would  have  been  quite 
satisfied  to  go  if  Ur.  Ford  wanted  to,  hut  he 
rather  suspected  that  Mr.  Eord  did  not  want  to 
spend  the  time  on  it.  We  will  therefore  drop 
the  matter  where  it  is. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

!  *  vsax 

Hew  York  City. 

"  “  W  !»  —  - —  “  -  ■'•  ““T 

„6.,^  .«*  a  «»“«  “  -»«•  -"  ■“““• 

and  Has  just  come  to  light.  hun- 

«r.  Edison  says  that  he  does  not  see 
are''d^t  we  —  He  will  -  Investigations  of  the  matte,.on 

^  *—  — — - e<t  — ;; 

-  -  - — — ::r:  “s:;r:r 

—w  —  *  -*  “  i^rtl“.  -TH—-  - 

a  0*rt<l1”  fll“  «ty  poor  policy  t«  m  **»«•♦■*«*■ 

l«u«  »«T»  «“<  «  '°'114  ^  ,!W  r 

to  do  anything  that  would  offend  their  cus 
Yoxirs  ve  ry  truly . 


Ur.  Stanley  Boggett, 

99  John  Street, 

Hew  York  City . 

Bear  Sir:. 

I  am  in  reoelrt  of  your  favor  of  the  28th  instant  ask¬ 
ing  how  soon  in  May  I  shall  he  able  to  make  shirments  against 
your  order.  All  I  can  say  At  this  moment  is  I  will  do  the  very 
heat  I  can  to  get  them  out  at  the  earliest  possible^  moment .  You 
must  bear  in  mind  that  the  riant  is  under  construction,  and  it 
is  a  pretty  difficult  thing  to  set  a  definite  date  to  begin  de¬ 

I  have  Just  learnt that  the  General  Chemical  Company  is 
all  sold  up  on  Aniline  Oil,  and  I  think  you  will  find  they  are 
not  so  clamorous  for  low 

May  1st.  1915, 

M.  He llx  Binder, 

Hotel  Lafayette, 

9th  St.  &  University  Place , 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir; 

1  am  much  pleased  to  receive  your 
favor  of  the  30th  ultimo  and  to  learn  that 
you  found  the  sample  of  Phenol  satisfactory 
for  your  purposes.  When  my  new  Phenol  Plant 
conns  Into  operation  about  the  end  of  this 
month,  I  shall  be  able  to  malm  It  with  a  lit¬ 
tle  higher  melting  point.,  as  It  win  all  be 
distilled  In  vacuo. 

You  were  malting  Inquiry  yesterday 
about  the  name  and  address  of  the  concern  that 
could  supply  Condensite ,  and  I  forgot  to  give 
It  to  you.  It  is  the  Condensite  Company  of 
America,  Bloomfield,  H.  J. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Henry  L.  Doherty  Operating  Company. 
60  Wan  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

n-p  mi1  to  report  to  you  In  regard  tb  the  following  sample  a 

of  drip  oil  and  drip  water  which  have  been  sent  by  your  Companies 
to  me.  in  testing  them  T  find  as  follows-  ^ 

mow  less  than  3$°  of  Crude  Benzol  and  Toluol  together. 

Meridian  Light  and  Hailway  Company,  Meridian.  Miss.  ' 
ire  water  and  contain  no  Benzol  or  Toluol. 

Grand  Rapids  Gas  Light  Co.  Grand  Rapids,  Mich.  These 
samples  are  84$  water  and  contain  less  than  8%  of  crude  Benzol  and 
Toluol,  together. 

lot  show  sufficient  Benzol  < 

I  thank  you,  however,  for  having  thesi 

General  Letterbook  Series 
Letterbook,  LB-104  (1915) 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  April-June  1915.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison  and  William  H.  Meadowcroft.  Many  items  pertain 
to  Edison’s  benzol  absorbing  plants  in  Pennsylvania  and  Alabama;  his  sale 
of  toluol  to  the  British  government;  and  business  conditions  during  World  War 
I  There  is  also  correspondence  regarding  the  technical  and  commercial 
development  of  phonographs  and  recordings,  including  the  introduction  of 
Edison’s  Telescribe  system  for  recording  telephone  messages.  Additional 
items  concern  Edison’s  opinions  about  Germany,  the  sinking  of  the  Lusitania, 
and  the  war;  his  attitude  toward  the  Leo  Frank  case;  his  support  for 
prohibition;  and  his  public  appearances.  The  correspondents  include 
investment  banker  Clarence  Dillon,  longtime  Edison  associate  William  H. 
Mason,  Edward  R.  Stettinius  of  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co.,  and  representatives  of 
Mitsui  &  Co.,  an  investor  in  Edison’s  benzol  businesses. 

The  spine  is  stamped  "Letters"  and  is  marked  "T.A.E.  from  April-  30- 
1915  June- 18-1915."  The  number  "42"  also  appears  on  the  spine.  The  book 
contains  697  numbered  pages  and  an  index.  Approximately  1 5  percent  of  the 
book  has  been  selected. 

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April  30th.  1915. 

Mr.  E.  E.  Taylor, 

1212  Bluff  Street, 
Keokuk,  la. 

Dear  Sir: 

Mr.  Edison  requests  me  to  say  that  he  has  had  a  rough 
search  made  hy  our  Legal  Department  to  see  if  anything  like  your 
device  has  Been  patented.  The  only  thing  that  the  searcher  has 
found  is  a  Drench  patent  #347,101.  This  shows  a  casing  around 
the  speaker,  extending  dcwn  to  the  record.  This  would  prevent 
your  obtaining  any  broad  claim,  but  the  searcher  thinks  that  some 
kind  of  a  claim  could  be  made. 

Yours  ve ry  truly, 


Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


Ur.  F.  IC.  Batson, 

19th  St.  and  Oalifornia  Ave  . , 
Chicago,  Til. 

Dear  Ur.  Baba on: 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  29th  ultimo 
in  regard  to  Mr.  Soott,  and  in  reply  heg  to  Bay  that  I  have  not 
discharged  him.  I  investigated  through  another  party,  in  fact 
through“two  parties,  and  am  assured  that  Soott  has  not  lied  to 
me  all  the  time  and  that  he  believes  recitals  sell  the  goods. 

I  am  also  talcing  measures  to  prove  my  assertion 
that  £1,000  properly  spent  in  recitals  is  e^ual,  in  the  case  of 
the  Diamond  Disc,  (not  a  machine  like  the  Victor),  to  £5,000  in 
advertising,  let  me  mention  a  case  in  point.  There  were  six 
towns  in  Ohio  in  which  the  dealers  had  been  advertising  and  work¬ 
ing  hard.  They  had  a  certain  amount  of  sales  in  January  and  Feb¬ 
ruary.  I  sent  twelve  recital  men  to  these  towns.  The  result  is 
that  sales  in  every  town  increased  double,  in  fact  the  average 
sale  increased  2  6/10  times.  I  have  other  tests  in  progresr- 

Yours  very  tru' 

May  6th.  1915. 

Mr.  Guild  A.  Cope land, 

&  Boston  Dally  Advertiser, 
Boston,  Mass. 

Dear  Sir: 

-  an  In. receipt  of  you r  favor  of  tls 
30th  ultimo,  and  heg  to  say  in  reply  that  at  the 
present  X  oould  not  find  time  to  write  anything. 

I  am  tiyihg  to  help  your  Dew  England  friends  out 
in  chemicals  and  dyestuffs  while  Germany  Is  run¬ 
ning  amuck,  and  therefore  cannot  collect  my  thoughts 
for  the  writing  of  an  article.  _ _ 

Yours  very 

Canadian  Smelting  &  defining  Co.,  ltd., 
Orillia,  Ontario,  Canada. 

May  6th.  1915. 


I  received  the  sample  of  the  crude 
mixture  ,  and  have  tried  It  out.  I  feel  pretty 
sure  that  I  can  woifc  it  up  for  my  process,  hut 
It  will  take  some  time  to  determine  definitely. 

In  the  meantime,  will  you  please  let 
me  know  at  your  early  convenience  what  quantity 
of  this  crude  mixture  can  he  relied  upon  for  a 
continuous  supply.  Please  also  quote  me  the 
lowest  price  you  can  make  on  it,  F.  0.  B.  at  your 

plant .  T 


Ilr.  Stanley  Doggett , 

99  John  Street , 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the 
third  Instant,  T  be  g  to  say  that  every¬ 
thing  now  looks  all  right  for  shipments  to 
go  forward  by  the  20th  of  Kay.  He  have 
the  Bensol  and  AcidB,  and  the  Plant  Is 
well  unde  r  way  . 

Yours  vexy^trtrty , 


May  6th.  1916. 

A.  Klips te in  &  Company, 

654  Greenwich  Street, 

Few  York  City. 


Your  favor  of  the  first  instant  to  my 
Chemical  Works  has  been  forwarded  to  me.  r  beg 
to  say  in  reply  that  the  6,000  gallons  were  water 
white,  hut  unfortunately,  hy  mistake,  put  into  a 
tank  that  had  not  been  thorougily  washed  out,  and  so 
got  colored  rather  re  dish,  We  will  send  you  a  sample. 
We  want  twenty  (20)  cents  per  gallon  for  it  as  it  is  , 
containers  extra,  delivered  p.  R.  r.  jersey  City. 

May  4th.  1915, 

Mr.  D.  B.  Vlolt, 

12  Mali  son  Avenue , 

Detroit,  Mich. 

Dear  Sir: 

He plying  to  your  favor  of  the  1st 
instant,  I  he g  to  say  that  we  have  never  had 
a  demand  for  records  of  ripe  organ  music.  I 
am  always  ready  to  consider  suggestions,  and 
therefore  if  you  will  send  me  a  list  of  a  doz¬ 
en  or  so  selections  particularly  adapted  for 
pipe  organ,  we  will  try  and  make  a  trial  di3c 

icord  of  two  of  such  selections. 

Yours  very  truj 

I'ay  5th.  1915. 

i.  B.  Badger  &  Bono  Company . 
63  -  75  Pitts  Street, 
Boston,  Hass. 

Gentler  n: 

Hr.  Header? oroft  related  t 
conversation  over  the  phone  better 
self  In  regard  to  the  larger  "till. 

T  understand  that  you  recommend  a  large  Still  he  lng 
made  v;lth  east  iron  column  for  distilling  the  crude  Benzol,  as 
it  will  last  longer  and  generally  he  more  satisfactoiy . 

1  understand  that  you  will  furnish  cast  iron  column 
40  inches  diameter,  with  30  plates,  Dephlegmator  and  all  otter 
parts  of  the  Still,  except  the  kettle.  for  tnirty-nine  hundred 
fifty  dollars  ($3950). 

I  also  understand  that  you  will  furnish  a  column  of 
sheet  Bt-eX.  36  inches  diameter,  30  plates  between  flanges,  Deph- 
le ^mator  and  all  parts  excepting  the  tattle,  for  three  thousand 
and  fifty  dollars  ($3050) . 

-  You  state  that  the  earliest  time  of  delivery  is  ten  (10) 

wee/'s  I  cannot  understand  why  you  do  not  do  as  T  have  been  doing 

saw  otmb 

del  ivery"  in  ffve  weeks,  T  should  be  very  much  inclined  to  place 
the  order.  Please  advise  me  about  this. 

f*«rr  *  ■  ~ 


Hay  5  th.  1915 . 

Hr.  Douglas  Dobbins, 

’’rankl  in ,  ind . 

Dear  Hr.  Dobbins: 

I  heg  to  achnowle  dge  receipt 
of  your  favor  of  the  first  Instant,  enolosir^ 
a  poem  entitled  "Ye-  Sage  of  Uenlo" .  which  I 
have  read  with  a  great  deal  of  Interest  and 
gratification.  Ido  not  see  any  objection  to 
your  publishing  the  poem  if  you  see  fit  to  do 

let  me  assure  you  of  my  appre¬ 
ciation  of  the  hind  sentiments  expressed. 

Ycnrs  very  truly,  _ 

r  »  t. 


,  ;  -a 

/  LH 

Hay  6th.  1915. 

Hr.  1,1.  H.  Blackman, 

?he  Phono prap h  Company, 

1012  Grand  Ave  me  , 

Kansas  City,  Mo. 

Dear  Mr.  Blackman: 

You  made  a  curve  of  the 
Lyon  &  Healy  Business,  and  I  am  desirous  of 
ascertaining  whether  this  curve  is  made  on 
retail  Balers  in  Chicago  or  does  it  include 
any  wholesale  transactions . 

Awaiting  the  favor  of  your 

reply,  I  remain, 


'/  ,'~1 vf 

Hr.  C.  E.  Goodwin, 

The  Phonograph  Company, 

229  So.  Wabash  Avenue, 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Pear  Mr.  Goodwin; 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  30th  ultimo  in  regard  to  Mr.  Erwin  J. 

Be Ides,  whose  voice  you  recently  heard. 

If  you  think  he  really  has  a 
fine  voice  and  can  interpret  well  I  would  pay 
his  expenses  to  Hew  York  and  back  to  Chicago 
so  that  he  could  make  a  few  trial  records.  If 
there  is  any  doubt  about  It,  T  don't  want  to  do 
this,  as  I  am  crowded  at  present  on  money  matters. 
t  hand  you  herewith  a  letter  J  rece  Ived  from  Mrs. 
Peldes  written  after  her  husband  had  sung  for  you. 
Please  return  this  to  me. 

Mr.  Blackman  of  Kansas  City  showed 
me  a  curve  of  Lyon  &  Healy’s  sales  for  1914.  Can¬ 
not  you  give  me  a  corresponding  one  so  that  I  may 
compare  them.  _  — 

Yours  veryA 

Hr.  John  B.  Lober, 

land  Cltle  Building, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Bear  Mr.  Loher: 

1  am  in  receipt  of  your 
favor  of  the  29th  ultimo,  in  regard  to 
your  proposed  member ship  in  the  Engineers' 
01ubvof  Hew  York. 

I  have  not  yet  been  called 
upon  to  express  an  opinion  as  to  your  fitness 
for  membership,  but  shall  be  glad  to  do  so 
favorably  when  the  the  reference  paper  comes 
to  hand. . . 

Yours  very  truly.. 

The  Ii.  Martin  Company, 

D1  -  83  ^ulton  Street , 

Her/  York  City. 


Your  favor  of  the  4th  instant  in  re¬ 
gard  to  your  new  hydrocarbon  called  "Dylektrite " 
ha3  been  handed  to  me  .  I  shall  be  obliged  if  you 
will  kindly  send  me  a  sample.  In  order  to  make 
sure  that  it  will  reach  me  promptly,  please  ad- 
areBS  it  to  My  Assistant,  Mr.  V7.  F.  Me  ad  a?  croft , 
at  this  address. 

Yours  very 

Mr.  W.  S.  Andrews, 

Consulting  Engineering  Department, 

General  Electric  Company, 

Schenectady,  II.  Y. 

My  dear  Mr.  Andrews: 

I  suppose  you  really  value  Mr.  Edison's 
own  personal  memorandum  more  than  you  would  a  formal  letter 
conveying  the  substance  thereof,  hut  signed  by  me.  Inasmuch 
as  you  are  one  of  the  original  family,  I  am  going  to  let  you 
have  your  letter  with  Mr.  Edison’s  own  memorandum  upon  it. 

I  am  sure  that  you  enjoyed  the  ceremonies 
the  other  nleht,  and  only  regret  that  I  had  such  a  brief  oppor¬ 
tunity  of  speaking  to  you.  The  self-exciting  Ceissler  tgi£e  is 
very  interesting.  I  was  not  sure  whether  you  intended  it  as  a 
present  for  Mr.  Edison  or  myself.  Anyway,  I  would  be  glad  if 
you  would  write  me  a  little  note  concerning  it  .^and  then  I  will 
show  it  to  him,  and,  if  It  Is  your  wish,  give^im  Vs.. 

Tilth  kindest  regards,  I  remain. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison-. 


May  =«>.  1916. 

Ur.  W.  Everett  Bake*-, 

1517  Van. Bur en  Street, 

St.  Paul,  Minn. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  third  instant,  let  me 
say  that  I  Believe  in  the  prohibition  of  all  intoxicating  liquors 
except  "beer.  It  is  my  opinion  that  full  prohibition  is  too  sud¬ 
den  to  be  practicable  .  Beer  will  serve  all  the  requires  nts . 

I  think,  however,  that  the  alcohol  in  beer  should  be  reduced, 
legally,  say  from  3  l/2#  to  2  1/2$* 

This  I  believe  would  do  away  with  all  the  bad  effects 
of  the  liqiior  traffic.  Man  will  have  to  become  a  more  civilized 
being  (as  illustrated  by  the  war  now  in  progress)  before  total 
prphibiti on  can  be  made  effective.  This  would  take  a  great  many 

years . 

May  10th.  1915. 

Mr.  J.  Gaunt, 

24  West  50th  Street. 

New  York  City, 

Bear  Mr.  Gaunt; 

1  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  7th  instant, 
and  regret  to  leam  that  the  seats  T  was  able  to  give  you  were  so 
far  haok.  These  were  sent  to  me  after  other  seats  had  been  regu¬ 
larly  assigned  to  our  people  ,  and  they  were  all  I  had.  If  I  had 
known  of  your  caning,  I  should  of  course  have  been  glad  to  have 
arranged  for  better  seats,  hut  a3  it  was  I  did  the  heat  I  could. 

T  must  have  changed  in  appearance  wonderfully  since 
you  saw  me  that  you  did  not  recognize  me  on  the  platform.  As  you 
will  recall,  Mrs.  Edison  sat  right  behind  her  husband.  I  was  on 
the  thrd  chair  to  her  left,  but  being  such  a  little  runt  perhaps, 
yop  did  not  notice  me.  However,  I  was  there  and  enjoyed  eve.^y  mln. 
ute  . 

Yours  very  truly, 

10th.  1915 

;1sb  ionise  0  .  Haag;  i 

178  Clinton  Avenue  , 

',7est  Hohohen,  P.  3. 

Dear,  ”adam: 

I  an  in  receirt  of  your  favor  of 
4th  instant  in  reEard  to  the  P.elfian 
lady,  Une.  C.  Kymael,  and  thank  yon  for  call- 
ins  the  mt*er  to  my  attention. 

1  shall  he  ileasedto  have  Mne . 

,  M  t0  0nr  P.eoordins  Studio  at  #79  Pifth 
W.""  Vorle  and  see  ».  -alter  H.  miler 
th€  .'anager ,  v.-ho  111  teOce  a  trial  record  o, 
voice  and  send  it  over  to  me  for  my  t^onal 
h  rin,  Vfe  are  on  the  loohont  all  the  time  for 

“*  „  aocertahle  ree¬ 

led  voices,  and  if  she  can  ma,e  accer 

•nth  her. 


Dear  Sir: 

On  H  half  of  Kr.  Edison  I  vrant 
to  take  advantage  of  your  kindness  and  aa^ 
you  again  about  your  experience  in  the  use 
of  Saltpeter  in  nitrating  Benzol.  I  under¬ 
stand  that  the  sluggishness  of  the  reaction 
necessitates  a  higher  temperature  ancl  a  loriE- 
c-r  time,  hut  would  ask  you  especially  about 
the  recovery  of  the  llitrobenzol  from  the  thick 
slush  formed  during  the  nitration.  Have  you 
found  it  necessary  to  dilute  the  reaction  mix¬ 
ture  with  water  to  effect  a  separation  or 
could  you  araw  from  your  experience  any  other 
less  disadvantageous  method.  I  will  appreciate 
throughly  any  advice  you  may  he  able  to  give  me 
•on  this  point. 

1 28 

nay  10th.  191& 

Mr.  August  Werner, 

Sedalia,  I  to. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  <th 
instant,  the  oontento  of  which  have  been  carefuily 
noted.  Of  course,  yori  quite  well  understand  that 
we  cannot  farm  any  judgment  as  to  the  availability 
of  either  your  or  your  daughter's  voice  for  our 
records,  without  hearing  a  trial.  We  do  not  pay 
the  expenses,  of  singers  coming  to  make  trials,  hut 
if  you  or  yottr  daughter  ever  visit  flew  York,  you 
may  call  at  our  recording  Studio  at  #79  Yifth  Avenue, 
and  see  the  Manager,  Hr.  Walter  H.  Hiller,  who  will 
take  trial  records  of  your  voices,  and  send  them 
over  to  the  laboratory  to  be  heard. 

Yours  v  e  ry  t  rulg,^.— ■ 


May  11th.  1915. 

Mr.  Walton  Clark,  President, 
The  Franklin  Institute , 
Philadelphia,  Pa. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Allow  m  to  thank  yon  for  yonr 
kind  invitation  to  dinner  and  afterwards 
to  The  Franklin  Institute  on  the  evening 
of  May  nineteenth,  and  to  say  that  I  ac¬ 
cept  the  same  with  pleasure  . 


May  11th.  1916. 

Harr  i’ll.  Dr.  Helmer  Key 
Syenska  Dagbladet, 
Stockholm,  Sweden. 

In  reply  to  yonr  question  let  me 
offer  the  opinion  that  after  the  conclusion 
of  the  war  the  scientific  men  of  all  coun¬ 
tries  will  co-operate  as  before  in  the  cause 
of  progress  and  culture  . 

When  men  hate  they  oannot  think 
correctly.  The  organs  which  adjust  the  work¬ 
ing  of  the  brain  to  the  environment  do  not 
co-ordinate,  and  men  oannot  arrive  at  oorreot 
conclusions.  When  hatred  subsides,  the  organB 
regain  their  equilibrium  and  the  mind  can  once 
more  draw  correct  conclusions.  I  believe  that 
the  scientific  men  will  reach  this  stage  very 
much  quicker  than  other  members  of  the  popula- 


May  12th .  1915 . 

Mr .  W .  S .  Andrews , 

Consulting  Engineering  Dept. , 

General  Electric  Company, 

Schenectady,-  H.  Y. 

My  dear  Mr.  Andrews: 

I  he g  to  thank  you  for  your  favor  of  the 
11th  instant,  and  also  for  your  kindness  in  presenting  me  with 
the  self-exciting  vacuum  tube.  If  Mr.  Edison  wouli  li«  to 
have  one  of  these  I  will  let  you  know  a  little  later. 

I  am  sorry  to  say  that  I  cannot  mention  any 

„a„  .ho  would  fulfill  the  x««Ur««»»  ««1"1  “  P1“‘ 

uery's  letter.  I  -  .cewhut  out  of  t«>h»lth  the  ™> 

of  thing.,  »  I  11  W  ««  H‘”  y<“ 

thought  of  referring  Hr.  nunnery  to  the  a»ploy«»t  Depurtment 
of  ae  llatl oral  Eleotrlo  light  A.ooeiatlon  or  A.. loan 
of  Electrical  Engineer.!  I  return  Hr.  Flannery',  letter  herewith. 
With  kind  regards,  I  renaln, 
yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

May  12th.  1915 

Mr.  S.  E.  Bowker, 

Gle  ndale . 

Stookbridge  ,  Mass . 

My  dear  Mr.  Bowker: 

I  have  received  your 
favor  of  the  6th  instant,  and  regret  that 
you  were  not  able  to  be  in  Hew  York  last 
Thursday  evening ,  as  I  ahoald  have  bees  glad 
to  greet  you  with  cany  other  of  my  old  friends 
who  were  present. 

Bet  me  thank  you  for  the 
kind  sentiments  yoti  express  toward  me. 

Yours  very  truly. 


May  12tlj .  1915, 

Mis a  Valle tte  Da  Dong  Smith, 

14  Bavine  Avenue  , 

Cal  toe  11 ,  H.  J. 

Dear  Madam: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  7th  instant,  and  would  say  in  re¬ 
ply  that  an  enormous  number  of  requests 
for  donations  of  phonographs  and  records 
are  made  to  me ,  and  it  would  he  simply 
impossible  for  me  to  comply  with  them,  as 
my  company  would  soon  be  bankrupt. 

Once  in  a  while  we  male  a  spe  o- 
ial  concession,  and  the  case  you  state  is 
such  a  one  that  I  think  we  would  be  war¬ 
ranted  in  considering  something.  The 
best  that  I  can  do  would  be  to  let  you 
have  one  of  our  Amberola  Z  machines  with 
what  cylinder  records  you  deBire,  and  sell 
the  same  to  you  at  cost,  which  would  be 
50#  off  the  list  price  . 

Yours  very  truly , 

May  12th.  1916 

Mr.  R.  V7.  Dra  Goo, 

La  Porte,  Ind. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the 
7th  Instant,  I  he  g  to  say  that  we  now 
have  Beveral  devices  far  Increasing  the 
volume  of  sound  on  the  phonograph,  hut 
they  are  not  of  a  sufficient  universal 
character  as  to  take  the  whole  range  of 
music  and  work  satisfactorily  in  the 
hands  of  a  oareless  public . 

Inasmuch  as  phonographs  are 
used  in  homes,  where  rooms  are  small,  the 
present  volume  is  found  sufficient,  in 
fact,  too  loud  for  soas  people,  and  we  have 
been  compelled  to  put  on  a  mating  device. 

Yours  very  truly, 

May  12th.  1915 

J  -4 

B.  P.  Buoaa  Company, 

35  South  William  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 


Beplying  to  your  favor  of  the  10th 
instant,  1  he g  to  say  that  at  my  Benzol  Plant 
at  Johnstown,  Pa.  T  have  Beveral  thousand  gal¬ 
lons  of  Solvent  Haphtha,  hut  its  a  little  red¬ 
dish  in  color,  and  I  Shall  have  to  redistill  it. 

If  the  oolor  iB  not  objectionable  1 
could  have  a  shipment  sent  to  you  from  Johnstown 
at  a  prioe  of  twenty  (20)  cents  per  gallon,  as 
it  is.  The  prioe  would  he  twenty-five  (25)  cents 
per  gallon  fior, re distilling ,  drums  extra  in  either 
case,  hut  returnable  for  oredit,  if  in  good  con¬ 
dition,  if  we  receive  them  in  ninety  days  from  date 
of  original  shipment. 

Yours  very  truly, 


May  IKth.  1916 . 

Mr.  Howard  B.  Holden, 

Universal  Sand  &  Gravel  Co., 

1016  Dime  Bank  Building  , 

Detroit,  Mioh. 

Dear  Sir: 

1  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  6th  Instant,  enclosing  two  clip¬ 
pings  from  the  Detroit  Free  Press,  let 
me  say  In  reply  to  your  letter  that  Mr. 
Wreford  makes  a  mis-statement  when  he 
says  that  we  did  not  admit  people  after 
the  fire.  Of  course,  there  was  a  mis¬ 
cellaneous  crowd  of  curiosity  seekers  to 
whom  admittance  was  refused,  hut  every 
representative  of  an  Engineering  or  Tech¬ 
nical  Society  and  reporters  of  all  kinds 
were  permitted  free  access  to  the  grounds. 

you  will  find  in  the  Engineer¬ 
ing  BgOOrd  of  April  17th,  1916.  published 
by  the  MoGraw  Publishing  Co.,  Hew  York,  an 
interesting  article  on  the  repairing  of  our 
concrete  buildings  subsequent  to  the  fire  . 

Yours  very  truly, 

May  12  th.  1916 

Hr.  W.  J.  Jente  . 

135  ProBpect  paifcrWeat., 

Brooklyn,  H.  Y. 

Bear  Mr.  Jenks: 

I  leg  to  thank  you  for  your 
kina  favor  of  the  7th  instant,  ana  regret 
that  yon  oouia  not  have  "be  en  pre  sent  last 
PhurBaay  evening  at  Carnegie  Hall.  I  haa 
the  pleasure  of  greeting  some  • of  my  oia 
frienas  on  this  ocoasion,  ana  shbnia  have 
he  en  glaa  to  have  seen  you  also. 

I  regret  very  muoh  to  learn 
that  you  have  been  so  ill,  hut  trust  that 
you r  recovery  may  progress  speeaily. 

With  all  goo  a  wishes,  I  re¬ 

Yours  very  truly. 


May  12th .  1916 . 

Mrs.  Fanny  S.  Swain, 

96  Mt.  Vernon  Street, 

West  Boxhuxy,  Massj 

Bear  Madam: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  5th  instant,  the  contents  of  which 
have  received  care  foil  consideration.  Let 
me  say  in  reply  that  we  will  shortly  mafee 
some  records  of  the  oolle ge  songs  and  will 
get  the  music  of  those  you  mention  and  de¬ 
cide  as  to  those  after  they  have  teen  con¬ 
sidered  ty  our  Music  Committee. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Miss  Emily  C.  Urban , 

Cheltenham,  Pa. 

Dear  Madam: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  7th  instant,  enclosing  an  extract 
from  the  United.  States  financial  and  Mer¬ 
cantile  Examiner,  in  regard  to  an  alleged 
invention  of  Dr.  Alva  D.  Jones  of  Phila- 
delphiaof  a  device  called  the  ruble rtone 

We  have  never  heard  of  this  per¬ 
son,  hut  we  know  this,  that  rubier  would 
never  do  on  the  Edison  Diamond  Disc  Phono¬ 
graph.  It  might,  however,  soften  the  harsh 
sounds  of  phonographs  employing  needles. 

I  return  the  newspaper  extract 


Yours  very  truly. 

Enclosure . 

Hay  12th 


Mr.  Fred  K.  Bah  a  on , 
Callfornia'Ave .  &  19th  St.. 
Ohio ago,  Ill. 

Dear  Mr. 

I  have  received  your  favor 
of  the  8th  Instant,  and  In  reply  would  say 
that  I  do  not  claim  that  your  advertising 
methods  are  wrong,  hut  I  do  claim  that  ow¬ 
ing  to  the  peculiar  instrument  we  have  and 
the  Victor  people's  great  advertising  meth¬ 
ods,  greater  results  on  high  priced  instru¬ 
ments  oould  he  obtained  hy  spending  a  given 
sum  on  reciting  than  hy  advertising  In  the 
regular  way. 

I  am  weeding  out  the  poor 
men  among  our  demonstrators,  and  getting  my 
system  perfected.  We  now  have  a  perfect  check 
on  our  men,  as  we  correspond  with  the  parties 
ifco  whom  the  recitals  are  given. 

fjr.'J y.zA  (.CXottliiTfc-jsi 

Yours  very  truly, 


/  •• 
t  \:y 

JSVm.  Read  &  Company, 
Nassau  &  Cedar  Streets, 
Dew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Dillon: 

lies  to  hand  you  enclosed  the  contract  with 
the  Northwestern  Iron  Company  for  Benzol,  which  I  have  ex¬ 

Inasmuch  as  I  wish  to  get  some  Benzol  here 

quickly,  I  have  ordered  shipped  to  the  Hayville  plant  a  car¬ 
load  of  drums,  and  heg  to  ask  that  you  will  request  your 
people  to  make  me  a  shipment  of  Benzol  quickly  to  Silver  Bake. 
B.  J..  via  Brie  Railroad.  Bateron,  I  will  send  a  tank  car  and 
have  them  accumulate  a  carload,  hut  Just  how  I  am  in  a  hurry 

for  pure  Benzol  and  want  it  Just  as  quick  as  I  can  get  it.  I 
trust  that  they  will  make  shipment  as  soon  as  the  drums  are  re 



, . ,  7 

i  r- 

r  13th.  1915* 

Mr  .  W.  H.  llaBon, 

Cofee  Oven  department, 

Woodward  Iron  Company, 

Wbodward,  Ala. 

Pear  Mr.  Mason: 

•  !  We  have  ordered  a  tank  car 

of  66°  Sulptoxl.  Acid.  U  9*  «*' 

ing  Acid  from  Grasselli,  who  will  ship 
from  their  Birmingham  plant. 

Mr.  Edison  wants  you  to  in¬ 
quire  around  and  find  out  if  there  are  any 
sources  of  supply  within  a  reasonable  dis¬ 
tance  of  Woodward.  Will  7™  Plea8e  ^  ^ 
to  this  and  let  us  fenow  at  your  earliest  con¬ 
venience  . 

1  taut  yo»  «*Mt  B"1*1 


Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


Coke  Oven  Department, 

Cambria  Steel  Company, 
Johnstown,  Pa. 

May  13th.  1915. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  making  any  shipment  of  Benzol, 
Toluol  or  Solvent  Haphtha  hereafter,  will 
you  please  mark  on  the  drum  the  net  weight 
of  the  contents.  We  ao  not  need  that  you 
should  mark  the  weight  of  the  drum  hut  only 
the  weight  of  the  Benzol,  Toluol  or  Solvent 
Haphtha  that  it  contains. 

Yours  very  truly, 


/  -  i  j 

/  f  2" 

May  14th.  1915. 

Cel .  C  .  E.  PhippB 
?6  Bethlehem  Steel  Co., 
Bethlehem,  r>a 

Bear  Sir: 

Ab  you  are  probably  aware,  I  have  a  contract  with  His 
Britannic  Majesty's  Government  for  toluol  produced  at  my  Benzol 
Absorb  ing  Plant  at  the  Cambria  Steel.  Company' s  Plant,  Johnstown, 

She  re  has  been  a  little  delay,  incident  to  the  start¬ 
ing  up  of  a  new  plant ,  but  now  we  are  be  gi  nning  to  re  fine  t  he 
Toluol  and  are  getting  ready  to  malm  the  first  shipment  on  account 
of  the  contract. 

??€  are  instructed  that  we  are  to  notify  you  whenever  we 
have  a  lot  ready  for  inspection.  We  are  also  instructed  that  when 
we  write  you  to  ash  for  the  inspection  that  we  supply  yon  with  a 
certificate  form,  stating  the  name  of  the  contractor,  the  nature 
of  the  stores  offered  for  inspection,  etc.,  etc.  I  presume  that 
you  have  these  blank  forms  of  certificate,  and  shall  be  obliged  if 
you  will  kindly  send  me  a  liberal  supply  so  that  we  shall  have  them 
on  hand  for  use.  I  understand  that  you  prefer  to  have  the  Toluol 
in  carload  shipments. 

How  in  regard  to  drums  fbr  this  Toluol,  T  received  a  let¬ 
ter  from  Mr.  Stettinius  containing  the  following: 

"I  might  say  that  in  placing  an  order  with  another  manu¬ 
facturer  recently  we  stipulated  that  the  drums  should  be 
extra  heavy  galvanized  of  110  gallons  capaoity  and ’210 

?age  two- 

r^uh“i1ts,.sr^%^  rw*  <*  « 

"■bread  arrow"  1b  enclosed  herewith  • 

Inasmuch  as  the  drums  are  to  he  paid  for  *  His  Britannic 
testy's  Government  at  the  actual  cost  to  me  ,  I  am  willing,  of  course 
to^ provide  such  drums  as  you  specify.  I  have  oo.mmicat.ft  with  Hr. 
Stettinius  hy  telephone  this  afternoon,  and  he  tells  me  that  y 
Specify  What  kind  of  drums  you  retire.  If  they  are  to  correspond 
;*h  the  above  specifications,  will  you  kindly  tell  me  the  name  of 
the  manufacturer  referred  to.  Please  also  state  whether  the  >  hroad 
arrow"  and  the  word  are  all  to  he  embossed  on  the  head  o. 

ti,  drums. ^  ^  ^  ^  00T-r  ^  principal  points  in  this  letter. 

if  I  have  inadvertently  omitted  ^ything  of  importance.  I  shall 
he  oblige 0.  if  you  will  kindly  advise  me  », 

Yours  veiyJtjnlyT 

TV  | 



May  15th.  1015 

Mr.  V? llllam  G.  P.amsay,  Chief  Engl neer , 

B.  I.  3u  Pont  de  liemours  Powder  Co., 
Wilmington ,  Delaware. 

Dear  Sir: 

Pe plying  to  yonr  inquiry  of  the 
Bixt'h  instant  in  regard  to  Mr.  Herbert  A. 
Beebe  ,  who  has  applied  to  you  for  a  position 
as  a  mechanical  designer,  I  beg  to  say  that 
he  worked  for  me  for  sometime.  My  Chief 
Draughtsman  reports  that  he  is  a  good  design¬ 


ry  truly. 


H  o 

"i  /% 

May  17th.  i5. 

Mitsui  &  Company, 
26  Hail  son  Avenue 
Hew  York  City. 

Attention  -  Mr.  Shunzo  Takaki . 


Referring  to  your  favor  of  the  12th  instant  and  a  copy 
of  the  proposition  submitted  hy  the  Cleveland  people  ,  let  me  soy 
that  I  submitted  these  to  Mr.  Edison. 

His  remarks  are  to  the  effect  that  they  furnish  you 
with  three  absorbing  columns ,  two  stills,  several  pumps,  and  some  ^ 
small  pieces  of  apparatus  for  forty-five  thousand  dollars  (§45,000). 
He  says  you  will  find  that  the  iron  buildings,  concrete  and  labor 
of  erection  will  be  the  largest  item. 

He  thinks  you  could  take  our  plans  and  build  the  whole 
thing  in  Japan  for  forty-  thousand  dollars (§40, 000)  .  A  plant  built 
by  their  people  would  cost  yoii  twice  that  amount. 

Youtb  very  truly. 

"tlj  HLji.. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Ediaon. 

-j  -r-  niu.:sner,  /  ,, 

Pinion  jro«  &  ««■ «  . 

oronto,  r-antvaa. 

-  “•  n-;„  c  ;i 

»  z  — - 

M  *  «*«*  “  T  "L„«el  (800)  ,,  *  “»• 

p.ctloe  »  th*  '  „rt,  after  yoo  «««*  ur' 

•»  *  *  t  '  „l  I  »  “  1  "" 

we  -  «  -  ‘  «*>■“£  ,  ...  a-  »  «» 

«  tn  a  Tory  W  P»«lo»-  tVl,  present,  fie™ 

a*-—*  &  “/"rateof  .«  — »»  <6°°' 
axra,*.  *  »-  “  y  .m  eo  «*>  »«  *■*' f 

8.U.»0  of  pare  »»*  **  *'  aay  If  I  ••»  8** 

w  w  otW  «o  —  |  ™  *  .  »Mr  .  »-»  a,  to. 

of  ..«« •  1  •‘■11 ”  „  aw  „  “*»  E"  “ 

poB  Iff  on  to  0.  oo  .  OT„.  *  „  «.»...*  *-«  °* 

duty  on  Benzol . 

Congress .  r  close  a.  a  memorandum  tf  our  Mr.  Opdy 

•  i  hand  you  enclosed  1 

,  ,  Terence  -  «.  —  -.Marde  -zel 

May  18th.  1915 

Mr.  Richard  V/ayne  Parker, 

%  Cortlandt  &  Wayne  Parker, 

765  Broad  Street, 

Hewark ,  H •  J • 

Dear  Mr.  Paris r: 

I  heg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  yonr  favor 
«  tt.  Btt  <ma  -V  «»*  o£  , 

recording  the  ""  l*!”  ***' * 

r.» ~ — *»  -  »•-'  *•  —  -  :ke;:r . 

*.«*«.  wt—*.  ”ee'*‘  ri“r 

« «.  — *  <*»■“  *-  *  -*■ 

,*  » **  »■»« « «-  ”  1 

M*  to  .t.,  W  the  T.o order  rtU.  *  '»*«  “*  ’ 

I  Should  very  -Mb  1M  to  .aW  »»»  r*°°r 

-  «.  Wt  .h,  ««*-*••  -  *":.f  »* 

Ho. ever.  ..  or,  <e«  to  try  a  oagel  canary  ttrd 
„  that  ....  *1  right.  re  ray  try  oo»e 


May  18th.  1915. 

Mr.  H.  S.  The  akston , 

Chief  Clerk  Traffic  Bepartment , 
Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co.  ltd., 
Sydney,  Cape  Breton, 


Your  favor  of  the  12th  instant 
has  heen  rece  ived.  I  have  telegraphs  d 
yon  to  send  along  the  first  carload  of 
Benzol  as  per  sample  .  We  will  take  this 
oar  as  it  is,  hut  would  like  the  second 
carload  to  have  received  a  better  aoia 


As  I  informed  Mr.  Incas,  the 
sample  was  very  badly  washed  with  acid  and 
will  give  ns  a  great  deal  of  trouble.  I 
think,  however,  with  the  directions  I  have 
wired  tc  him  that  he  will  he  able  to  avoid 
this  trouble  In  future  . 

Yours  verj. 

May  18th.  1915. 

Ir.  Ben.  H.  Zerr, 
Beading ,  Pa. 
)ear  Mr.  Zerr: 

T  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  14th  Instant 
j.rid  beg  to  thank  you  for  your  very  cordial  invitation  to  attend 
jrour  convention  and  exhibition  which  takes  place  early  in  June. 

I  go  away  from  the  Laboratory  very  seldom,  and  this 
is  an  esre  daily  difficult  time  for  me  to  be  away.  I  am  trying  to 
help  out  our  i.rican  industries  which  have  been  put  in  bad  shape 
*y  the  war.  -or  several  months  I  have  been  pre,aring  tc  make  Ani- 
Xines  and  narbolic  Acid  in  new  plants  which  are  Just  n«  being  oo. 
pleted.  These  plants  are  almost  ready  to  start,  and  I  shdl  have 
to  stay  around  very  closely  for  the  next  few  weeks.  ■ 

You  will  see  therefore  that  it  would  be  impossible 
for  me  to  accert  your  kind  invitation,  much  as  I  would  like 
a0  so  I  shall  be  compelled  to  ask  you  to  kindly  excuse  me  . 

,„8t  «  »u  i.  T.w  ••»<«• «=•  40  a  B”a'  4“1  °f  800 

to  every  one  concerned. 

Yours  very  trnjy-t" 


May  20th.  1915. 

Mr.  11 .  .  Blackman, 

The  Phonograph  Company, 

1012  Grand  Avenue  , 

Kansas  City,  ”o. 

Bear  Mr.  Blackman: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  15th  instant, 
which  I  have  read  with  a  good  deal  of  care  .  Let  me  say  in  reply 
that  you  take  too  narrow  a  view.  You  want  everything  for  the 
3d is on  Sh6p .  How  could  T  justify  myself  hy  "touting"  for  one 
particular  dealer  where  there  may  he  a  dozen  in  the  same  city. 

In  order  to  he  effective,  these  demonstrations 
must  he  non-commercial,  and  we  cannot  hut  he  fair  to  all  dealers. 
I  am  conducting  some  selling  e:q-eriments  in  different  parts  or 
the  country,  and  am  sure  that  they  will  absolutely  prove  that 
there  are  rome things  that  can  he  sold  to  better  advantage,  in 
greater  quantities,  and  very  much  cheaper  than  hy  advertising 
in  newspaper* 

Yours  very  truly, 

99  John  Street, 

Hew  Yoxk  City. 

Dear  Sirs 

Please  excuse  the  delay  in  acknowledging  receipt  of 
your  favor  of  the  15th  instant  giving  shipping  directions  for 
the  one  hundred  twenty- one  (121)  tons  of  Aniline  Oil  covered 
hy  your  official  orders  numbers  9842,  9849,  9877.  and  9896. 
Bhese  directions  will  have  our  special  attention. 

The  work  on  the  Aniline  Plant  is  proceeding  rapidly, 
and  we  expect  to  start  up  within  the  next 'few  days.  I  shall  dc 
the  very  best  I  can  to  nake  early  deliveries  of  Aniline  Oil.  a. 
I  quite  appreciate  the  desires  of  your  customers  to  have  their 
orders  filled  as  quickly  as  possible. 

Yours  very -truly. 

Mitsui  &  company 
25  Madison  Avenue 
Hew  York  City. 

impany ,  s 

Avenue  ,  . 

L-ty.  Attrfftl on  -  Mr.  ! 

I  have  received  yonr  favor  of  the  18th  instant,  con¬ 
firming  your  order  for  three  hundred  thousand  (300,000)  pounds 
of  pure  Phenol, Unite d  States  Pharmacopoeia,  and  would 'say  that 
your  said  letter  states  our  understanding  and  acceptance  of  your 
order  correctly,  with  one  exception,  and  that  is,  you  have  omit¬ 
ted  to  confirm  your  agreement  to  pay  for  the  extension  of  my  Car¬ 
bolic  Plant  necessary  for  the  manufacture  of  this  Phenol,  up  to 
the  extent  of  fifteen  thousand  dollars  ($15,000)  .  It  is  under¬ 
stood  that  I  shall  go  ahead  and  purchase  the  necessaiy  extra  ap¬ 
paratus  and  send  the  billB  to  you,  receiving  your  checks  there¬ 
for,  to  the  extent  of  not  over  fifteen  thousand  dollars  ($15,000). 

Your  statements  in  regard  to  rure  Benzol  from  the  Wood¬ 
ward  Plant  are  correct,  and  I  leg  to  advise  you  that  you  should 
Ship  to  me  pure  Benzol  equal  to  three  hundred  (300)  gallons  per  day 
for  the  manufacture  of  the  above  quantity  of  pure  Phenol. 

Yours  very  truly, 


May  22nd.  1916 . 

Ur.  H.  B.  Dick, 

The  Seal  &  Fastener  Co., 

140  South  Dearborn  street, 

Chicago ,  Ill. 

Dear  Ur.  Dick: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  18th  instant,  and  would  say  in  reply 
that  as  it  is  you  I  will  he  very  glad  to  go 
over  your  plan  with  you  and  give  you  my  opin¬ 
ion.  I  am  here  every  day,  hut  as  1  am  Just 
about  to  Btart  up  two  new  plants  at  Sliver 
hake  ,  which  is  about  three  miles  from  here , 

T  may  go  over  there  in  the  morning  or  after¬ 

noon  to  look  over  things. 

I  would  suggest,  therefore  , 
•when  you  cons  to  Dew  York  you  had  better  tele¬ 
phone  over  here  to  iTeadowoToft  and  he  will  be 

able  to  tell  you  Just  when  to  come  . 

May  22nd.  1915. 

Ur.  1.  B.  Ingersoll, 

1933  T7eBu  lawn  Avenue, 
Madison,  '"is. 

Dear  Sir: 

T  have  received  your  favor  of  the  15th  instant,  and  have  read 

expect  to  record  successfully  therein  th  ^  &n  oroll€8tra  of  sixty  pieces. 

such  as  Beethoven.  I  expect  aB  a  special,  which  the  dealer* 

Shfs  rs^J.s*a  ■»-*  m  ««»  °m“"  tti”  °n  ort"- 

will  he  the  entering  wedge  .  .  . 

let  me  call  your  attention  to  ^uri  ous instore ntal  pieces  are 
many  people.  It  is  this:  €™ryone  says &t hat  our  ^  ^  reoorded  now. 
very  perfect,  hut  some  say  tB*?."1*.  ranpe  of  instrumental  music,  it 
Is  thf  phonograph  wITT  record  the  whole  range  «  ag  rerfeotiy.  As  a  mat- 
should  record  the  vfoole  +?1anf nd  every  vocal  defect  is  due  to  -cne  ®lnse^' 

E“  rS®s-T  6” 10 

he  periodic  waves,  tone  6“V  ^  ‘  7  ««  on 

these  defects  to  the  r^nog.aph.  ;lyself  we8ltB  trying  to 

these^efects'tolhe  phonography  T  Myself  fl  W=oat  msi  trying  to 

S,iJT,«UlW5J  r'e^.Vize a'^the^ instrumental  rie oes  tajno  t„m6« -g_ 

rv<K  T;i, fr“ 

the’  reproflucer. 

Yors  z&ff  truly, 
s''  JiUtaC),  Vd*»<y* 


i  A" 

May  £2nd.  1916. 

Hr.  Charles  ’.7.  KcAlp.ln,  Sec'y., 
Princeton  University, 
Princeton,  F.  J. 

I  hg  to  ackncr.vle dge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  19th 
Instant,  and  beg  to  say  In  reply  that  If  you  reserve  seats  for 
four  memhers  of  my  family  on  June  15th,  T  thltikthat  would  he  pilte 
sufficient . 

1  shall  arrange  to  he  present  In  the  office  of  Bean  '.Vest 
not  later  than  quarter  past  10  o'clock  on  that  day.  Allow  me  to 
make  s  particular  request  that  yon  will  not  provide  an  academic 
custom  for  me .  I  expect  to  motor  over  to  Princeton  with  my  wife 
on  the  morning  of  June  15th,  and  am  unahle  to  say  Just  the  exact 
hour  of  our  arrival,  hut  barring  accidents,  we  will  he  there  at 
the  time  unpointed.  I  am  exceedingly  busy  Just  at  this  time  pre¬ 
paring  to  put  in  operation  my  new  Aniline  and  Carbolic  Acid  Plants, 
and  time  is  exceedingly  valuable  to  me ,  so  I  shall  endeavor  to  get 
hack  during  the  day.  _ . — — - % 

Yours  ve " 

S?iUag i. 


Hay  22tja.  191B. 

Mr.  c.  S.  Palmer, 

Port  Bragg  Huslo  House , 
^ort  Bragg,  Cal. 

Friend  Palmer: 

I  am  glad  to  hear  from  you  again, 
and  wish  1  could  go  out  to  the  coast  this  summer. 

I  do  not  know  much  about  the  geography  of  Califor¬ 
nia,  hut  understand  that  Hendooino  County  is  full 
of  robbers  and  Indians,  ana  a  man's  life  is  unsafe 
Do  you  furnish  military  escorts  to  automobilists? 
How  many  troops  are  there  in  Fort  Brage? 

Y/hy  don't  you  move  to  a  oivilised 

country  like 

Hoboken,  or  Jersey  City£__ 

May  84th.  1916. 

Dr.  J.  Hushmore , 

Brooklyn,  If.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  20th  instant,  and  would  s^r  in  reply  that 
if  there  appeared  in  any  newspaper  en  article 
quoting  me  as  saying  that  the  sinking  of  the 
Lusitania  hy  Germany  was  Justifiable ,  such  an 
article  was  absolutely  fabricated.  X  never 
made  any  suoh  statement,  aB  my  opinion  is  ab¬ 
solutely  opposite  thereto.  You  will  find  other 
statements  that  T  have  made  to  newspaper  re¬ 
porters  to  ttie  effect  that  X  think  the  whole 
German  nation  has  gone  crazy. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Mr.  William  H.  Short,  Sec'y., 
The  Hew  York  peace  Society, 
507  Fifth  Avenue  , 

Hq.w  York  City. 

Your  favor  of  the  80th  instant  inviting 
me  to  become  a  member  of  a  Committee  of  One  Ban-' 
area  has  been  received,  end.  much  s&itgcI ated. 

let  me  say  in  reply,  however,  that  T  am 
desirous  of  withdrawing  from  affairs  of  a  public 
nature,  as  the  appearance  of  my  name  in  connection 
with  any  such  affairs  brings  an  avalanche  of  addi¬ 
tional  trail,  which  adds  a  ereat  deal  to  my  already 
heavy  burden.  1  must  therefore  ask  you  to  kindly 

Yoursyetfy  truly. 


I, lay  25  th  .  1915. 

Mitsui  &  Company, 

25  Madison  Avenue  , 

New  York  City.  Attention  - 

Mr,  Shunzo  Takaki: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  three  page  letter  this  morning, 
and  now  wish  to  confirm  what  Mr.  Meadowcrof t  has  already  told  you 
over  the  telephone. 

First.  That  I  expect  to  Ve  ready  to  begin  deliveries 
of  pure  Phenol  at  the  rate  of  sixteen  hundred  sixty  (1660)  pounds 
per  day  on  June  15th.  I  feel  quite  confident  about  that  date,  but 
it  might  possibly  take  a  few  days  to  "tune  tip"  the  plant.  However, 

T  do  not  anticipate  any  serious  delay,  if  any. 

Second.  In  regard  to  the  Benzol,  let  me  say  that  you  do 
not  need  to  feel  uneasy  on  that  score,  because  if  the  Benzol  is  not 
coming  from  Woodward  by  that  time  I  can  use  some  that  I  get  from 
other  sources,  and  repay  myself  from  the  Benzol  subsequently  received 
from  the  Y/oodwara  Plant.  I  have  been  able  to  do  a  little  trading 
lately  by  exchanging  Carbolic  for  Benzol  on  the  baBis  of  1  1/4  Car¬ 
bolic  for  1  gallon  of  pure  Benzol,  so  T  fully  expect  to  make  provi¬ 
sions  for  my  requirements  in  this  way  if  necessary. 

Third.  I  think  it  will  be  a  wise  precaution  to  send  down 
to  Woodward  a  carload  of  drums  so  that  we  will  not  be  compelled  to 
wait  to  fill  a  tank  car.  Fortunately,  I  have  a  carload  of  drums 
ordered  two  or  three  weeks  ago,  Which  are  now  on  their  way  to  Silver 
Bake.  In  accordance  with  the  conversation  between  you  and  Mr.  Meadow- 
croft  over  the  telephone  this  morning,  I  have  arranged  with  our 
Traffic  Department  to  divert  this  carload  6f  drums  and  send  them  down 
to  T/oodward.  As  requested  byyou-,  I  will  send  yon  a  bill  for  this 
carload  of  drums  at  exactly  what  they  cost  me.  The  Manufacturers  pre¬ 
paid  the  freight  to  Silver  Lake,  so  yoxiwill  only  have  one  freight 
to  pay,  which  will  be  from  the  point  at  wliioh  we  intercept  them  to 
Woodward,  Ala. 

Yours  ve: 

May  25th.  1915 

Hay  25th.  1915. 

Hr.  Thos .  p,.  Westendorf ,  Rupt., 

Che  Industrial  and  Training  School  of  Shelhy  County, 

Bartlett,  Tenn. 

Dear  Mr.  Westendorf: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  esteemed  favor  of 
the  22nd  instant,  and  in  reference  thereto  would  say  that  you 
may  always  cons  1  der  yourself  at  liberty  to  "butt  in". 

.1  shall  be  very  glad  indeed  to  have  you  send 
me  copies  of  the  songB  mentioned  in  your  letter,  and  I  will  have 
them  sung  for  me  and  see  if  they  are  suitable  for  records.  You 
must  not  think  that  I  am  too  severe  .if  I  find  that  X  cannot  use 
them.  I  have  made  quite  a  study  of  music  from  a  phonograph  stand¬ 
point ,  and  have  taken  thousands  of  opinions  ip  the  observation  of 
a  great  many  years,.  As  a  result,  I  find  that  it  is  the  tupe  rather 
than  the  words  that  makes  the  song  phonographic  ally  popular.  You 
struck  it  rich  in  Kathleen,  and  I  wish  that  you  might  be  able  to 
get  out  some  more  like  it. 

I  do  not  mean  to  say,  of  course,  that  the  words 
are  entirely  a  negligible  quantity.  Bar  from  it.  But  when  you  can 
get  a  combination  of  words  and  music  like  you  got  in  Kathleen,  therf 
is  no  doubt  about  its  popularity. 

When  you  send  the  copies  of  the  songs  above  re¬ 
ferred  to,  please  address  them  to  my  Assistant,  Mr.  '»'•  Meadow- 

croft  at  this  address,  and  he  will  see  that  I  get  them  right  away. 

y  24  th .  1916, 

Prof«a8or  iMisl  Tomano, 

I, ah  oratory , 

Orange,  n.  J. 

Dear  professor: 

Tt  is  with  much  regret  that  I  am  obliged  to  bring 
our  arrangement  to  an  end  for  t*  present.  All  of  my  time  is  now 
taken  in  putting  up,  several  new  Chemical  works  and  I  J 

this  will  oooupy  all  of  my  time  and  awtea..C**  ~r  a 
eight  months.  Therefore  X  shall  he  unahle  to  carry  out  the  x* 

I  had  in  mind  of  spending  a  great  deal  of  time  with  you  on  mu., 
natters ,  hut  it  will  he  impossible  for  ne  to  do  so.,  and.  xor  th 
reason,  T  am  compelled  to  close  our  arrangements  for  this  time 
pet  me  say  that  your  services  have  been  very 
facWy  indeed  to  me,  and  if  I  make  phonograph  records  of  any  of 
ydur  nus'.-c  I  shall  he  very  glad  tc  pay  you  for  them. 

Viith  the  best  of  good  wishes  to  you,  T  renntn, 

ray  25th.  1915 

Mr .  I .  H .  Burkart , 

Blake  &  Burkart, 

Walnut  at  Jilevsnth  St., 

Philadelphia,  ?a. 

Pear  Mr.  Burkart s 

I  received  your  favor  of  the  "2nd  instant,  and 
also  a  marked  copy  of  the  U.  S.  financial  and  Mercantile  Bx- 
aihiner.  Bhis  latter  I  return  to  you. 

I  have  stopped  investigating  nev/  reproducers 
made  hy  outsiders.  They  come  to  us  at  the  average  rate  of  two 
per  Tree!;,  and  not  one  of  them  that  we  have  seen  will  play  the 
whole  gamut  of  records.  My  tine  has  Been  so  utterly  wasted  on 
these  experiments  that  I  have  stopped  altogether  investigating; 

In  developing  the  Pise  Phonograph  we  made  more  t 
2500  different  kinds  of  reproducers.  You  will  see  there  fore  t> 
the  chances  of  getting  anything  Better  than  re  nor/  have  are  vea 
slim  indeed.  Anybody  oan  make  a  reproducer,  But  to  manufacture 
the  thousands  and  have  them  play  every  kind  of  a  record  is  a  i< 
that  requires  a  great  many  years  of  expert  rents  and  expenditure 

thousands  of  dollars. 

ItajT  26th.  1915, 

Rev.  J.  H.  Stumpf, 

’Jnion  Evangelical  Church, 

College  Point,  L.  I., 

Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

J  he  g  to  thunk  you  for  your  kind  favor  of  the  21st 
instant,  and  am  glad  to  learn  that  the  demonstration  of  my 
Diamond  Disc  Phonograph  was  so  satisfactory  to  yon  and  to  your 
pe  ople  . 

I  note  that  you  desire  to  have  a  record  made  of  your 
voice  in  singing  of  some  gospel  songs.  Let  me  say  in.  reply  to 
this  that  sometime  this  winter  I  expect  to  have  an  extra  record¬ 
ing  machine  and  then  yon  can  come  over  to  Hew  York  and  we  will 
make  a  record  of  your  voice.  I  would  suggest  that  you  remind 
me  of  this  matter  sometime  in  Deoemher  or  January. 

Col.  C.  E.  Phipps  , 
Bethlehem  Cteel  Oo 
Bethlehem,  Pa.  * 

Dear  Dir-: 

May  -2V-£h.  1$15 . 

Supply  for  '■toluol  Contract  fru. 

tlr&*'T  Your  letter  in  the  first  infornution  T  S  had  if re^arfl 

to  Mr.  T.yddon  I  have  received  a  telegram  from  the  i - -  -  ^ 

my- plant  at  Johnstown  stating  that  an  *  * 

I  have  not  yet  received  from  ....  _  UJ 

tors_  invoice  and  inspection  certificates"’.-  Tf  these  w’e'r. 
time  -dge,-'  you  had  better  e  ’  ' 

lot  to  iay  Assistant,  Mr.  */.  ,h. 

Lteadowcroft,  at  thi  s,  address 

.  I  note,  your  directions  for  marking  the1-  ■drums,  vVhich  modi¬ 
fies  directions  given  by  J.  P.  Morgan  £.-  Company.  T  will  foliar.-,  your 
directions..  ,  .....  .  h-:,v--t  -  •  '  ' 

How.  wijt.h  inference -to  the  .nature  of  the  :  drums  to  be  sup¬ 
plied,  I  am  quit-e”  willing  to  obtain  drums  same  as  those,  mentioned -in 
the  extract  fro m  the.  le  tter  of-  J.  P.  Morgan' and  Company  quoted  in 
my  previous  letter 'to' you,;  Vut-let  me.  say  that  it  would,  he  absurd  to. 
buy  these  from,  Barrett  Manufacturing  -Companyv  as'  they  are  not"  manu¬ 
facturers  of  “drums,  ttil-i*  you.  please  obtain  and  send- me  the  name  and 
address  of  the  manufacturer  of  drums'-  of  this,  kind',  and  T  will  order 

them -di  rect .  *-u 

'•  '  I  must -ffsk  you  lo  kindly  add  as  lijLt-le^complication  as  you 
possibly  can  to  my  j-art  of  this  contraotV  -'-i  sold  my  Toluol  to  the 
British  Government  at  a  ri dlCulounly.-lOw  figure.  My  contract  calls 
for  Toluol  of  98Ju  purity,  and  X  -wash afterwards  requested  to  make  it 
comply  with  the  Kobel  Spe 6 If i oatff oiE/;..’2hi!s'  involved'  additional  wash¬ 
ing  and  redistilling,  wh ie-h..  I_Jiave‘  tione  voluntarily.  This,  however, 
must  not  he  ' considered 'as  ‘involving  any  consent  on  my  part  to  change 
the  terms  of  the  original  contract.  The  Toluol  has  already  cost  me 
more  than  I  am  entitled  to  receive’  for  it  from  the  British  Govern¬ 
ment,  ”  ‘  " 


Mitsui  &  Company , 
25  Malison  Avenue , 
Mew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Attention  -  Mr.  Takaki-. 

I  "beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  yonr 
favor  of  the  2  6th  instant  enclosing  copy  of  the 
contract  with  the  Hercules  Powder  Company,  ana 
also  copy  of  your  letter  addressed  to  Mr,  Ililes 
of  the  duPont  Powder  Company. 

I  think  this  oontraot  is  all  right 

ana  a  good  one  for  both  of  us . 

Yours  very  truly , 


27th  Instant  on  the  subject  of  Diphenylamine  , 

and  regret  to  say  that  it  would  not  pay  me  to 
lower  my  price  as  suggested  .  In  order  to  make 
Diphenylamine  I  should  he  obliged  to  Invest  a 
lot  of  money  in  special  machine ry  and  apparatus , 
and  as  I  can  make  more  money  selling  Aniline  Oil 
and  cbher  compounds  made  from  Aniline  Oil  without 
investing  a  lot  of  money  in  machinery,  it  would 
not  pay  to  make  Diphenylamine  at  any  lower  price 
than  I  have  previously  mentioned. 

I  regret  therefore  that  I  Bhall  not  be 
able  to  meet  your  views  on  this  artiole . 

Youtb  very  truly. 

Hr?.  M.  Sultan, 

/  87  Ht.  Morris  Park,  Vie  st . 

/  Hew  Y0#. 

^  411 

28th.  1915. 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  2  4th  instant 
ona  in  reply  would  say  that  1  have  W  oopy  of  the  interview  that  you  men¬ 
tion,  and  therefore  do  not  know  what  statements  were  asorihed  to  me  hy 
the  reporter. 

Regarding  the  war ,  I  am  not  in  the  slightest  degree  prejudiced 
against  the  Se  naans .  All  the  Germans  I  know  are  kind  and  humane.  In  my 
laboratory  at  the  present  moment  there  are  at  least  six  Germans  to  one  of 
every  other  nation. 

I  have  read  all  the  diplomatic  documents  so  far  published,  and 
the  only  conclusion  I  can  arrive  at  is  that  the  men  who  control  the  Govern¬ 
ment  of  Germany  precipitated  this  war;  also  that  these  heads  of  the  Govern¬ 
ment  have  caused  the  people  of  Germany  to  commit  acts  which  were  contrary 
to  the  nature  of  Germans  as  I  know  them. 

Regarding  the  Lusitania,  I  think  that  the  powers  at  Berlin  made 
a  very  great  error  in  sinking  this  shir,  because  the  results  could  never 
have  been  of  benefit  to  Germany,  but  the  contrary.  It  wa3  a  foolish  act 
for  Americans  to  have  .gone  on  a  British  ship  which  might  have  ammunition 
on  board.  In  my  opinion  Germany  is  justified  in  sinking  every  belliger¬ 
ent  ship  Bhe  can  where  the  passengers  can  be  got  into  the  life  boats.  There 
were  ample  boats  on  the  Lusitania. 

He  gar  ding  munitions.  Tf  neutral  countries  stopped  selling  muni¬ 
tions  to  any  country  that  needed  them  to  defend  itself,  all  countries 
would  he  at  the  meroy  of  a  bullying  nation,  say,  fbr  instance,  Bussia. 
Germany  has  been  for  years  the  largest  seller  of  arms,  and  on  account 
of  the  efficiency  of  her  people  has  now  far  more  explosives  than  her  ene¬ 
mies  . 

I  do  not  believe  that  the  United  States  of  America  would  ever 
attenpt  to  fight  Germany.  Such  a  thing  is  absurd,  but  some  unfortunate 
mistake  may  be  made  that  may  cause  the  United  States  of  America  to  break 
off  trading  relations  and  she  would  withdraw  her  Ambassadors.  That  is 
about  the  extent  of  what  in  my  opinion  would  happen. 

At  present  the  German  people  are  in  an  awful  state  of  mind. 

Hemmed  in  on  every  side  ,  fighting  for  their  lives,  they  are  mad.  clear 
through  and  are  doing  things  contrary  to  what  they  would  do  if  they  were 
not  so  mad. 

'  personal  opinion  based  c 


ry  truly, _ 


May  29th.  1916. 

Mr.  Joe  Mltohell  Chappie . 
national  Magazine , 

Boston,  Maes. 

Dear  Mr.  Chappie: 

I  „  ,n  receipt  of  poor  favor  of  tie  =«•> 
galleyproof  of  y»r  on  «.  *.*-»•■  1  ““  *“ 

te«  .ad,  .  —  i»  “  “"“^JTit  Z  Z°'L 

tlon  of  t)«  Horse  alphabet  no.  In  »»'  •  Jt-taM 

.  fatder.  Alfred  Pail  to  —  **■  -*«  »•«— M* 

a  regard  to  yonr  ,o,.tlon  »•  to  «*'  «  ’0U 
te  oaf,  for  yon  to  incorporate  in  ot.ry  *  ■*•««»« 

Teleaorloe  oould  -  -  -  ““  *”  "*  ”*  **  “‘r 

*•  -  -  -*  TZZZZZZ  ... 

"Standard  transmission  of  speeoh  , 

III  The  re  fore  ,  as  the  Bdlson  describe  records  the  aocoustlo 

re  suits  of  the  telephone  (with  no  eleotrloal  connections  to  «* 
telephone  line),  the  phonographic  record  Is  reproduced  e,ua 
olume  and  accuracy  to  the  sounds  heard  on  holding  the  telephon 

receiver  to  the  ear.  you  will  see  therefore  that  distance  may  e 


I  return  you*  galleyrrooi  herewith^ 

Yours  veryj 

Enclosure . 


1'ay  1916. 

Sr.  Joae  Be  Gorostizaga, 

Hotel  Wellington, 

7th  Ave-.  Bet.  55th  &  56th  St., 

Hew  York  City. 

Bear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  27th  instant  was  reoeived  ansi  Brought  to 
my  personal  attention.  Bet  me  say  in  reply  that  every  farmer  in  the 
United  States  is  interested  i-n  Potash  for  his  fertilizer.  Every 
fertilizer  faotory  in  the  United  States  of  Arne rlca.  has  teen  inlying 
potash  from  Germany,  and  we  hope  that  the  Spanish  Government  will  con¬ 
trol  the  Spanish  deposits  and  prevent  any  private  company  or  concern 
from  getting  control  of  it.  The  market  for  Potash  in  the  United  States 
of  Amerioa  is  unlimited  so  far  as  Spain  is  eo.noemed.  Until  now  the 
Germans  have  always  had  the  monopoly,  because  aao  other  country  ha's 
Potash  except  Spain. 

In  regard  to  Aniline  products,  let  ss  say  that  the  largest 
faotory  making  Aniline  Byes  in  the  United  States,  is  controlled  by 
the  national  Aniline  Bye  Company,  whose  Office  is  in  Hew  York,  and 
their  faotory  at  Buffalo,  H.  Y.  I,  myself,  make  Aniline  Oil,  and  it 
is  made  also  by  the  General  Chemical  company,  Hew  York  Cily. 

I  have  requested  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company  and  also 
our  Bictating  Machine  Bepartment  to  send  you  a  full  set  of  catalogs 

and  printed  matter.  _ . 

Yours  very  tru-ly,  '  - 

«  a. 

Uay  29  th..  1915. 

X  take  the  liberty  to  write  to  you 
in  regard  to  the  case  of  ieo  II.  Prank,  who  is 
at  present  under  aente.noe  of 'death  for  muTder. 

.1  hare  read  all  the  evidence  that  I 
could  obtain  about  this  case  .-su'd  would  say 
that  to  my  mind  there  is  not  enough  certainty 
in  the  evidence  presented  to -warrant  Prank's 

,  and  I  hope  it  will  not  be  necessary, 
lours  very  tw 



Mr.  Stanley  Doggett, 
99  John  Street , 

Hew  Ygxk  City. 

Your  favors  of  the  29th  ultimo  have  been  received.  I 
would  say  In  regard  to  the  shipment  of  Aniline  Oil  for  Millville 
Mfg.  Co.,  we  will  have  shipment  made  direct  to  Hie  address  as  given 
in  your  letter,  in  accordance  with  your  request. 

I  note  the  telegram  which  you  enolosed  from  -the  Firestone 
Tire  &  Rubber  Company,  and  fully  appreciate  their  desperate  con¬ 
dition  in  regard  to  Aniline  Oil.  let  me  say  for  your  information 
that  I  have  been  doing  all  that  mortal  man  could  ao  to  expedite  the 
completion  and  operation  of  my  Aniline  Plant.  I  have  had,  and  will 
have,  men  wo  iking  day  and  night,  and  have  paid  all  sorts  of  high 
prices  to  get  machinery  and  apparatus  quicKLy. 

I  have  actually  been  making  Myrbane  Oil  far  several  days, 
ana  to-day  oommeneed  making  Aniline  Oil  in  a  small  way.  You  must 
bear  in  mind  however  that  I  shall  have  to  go  on  making  the  Oil  for 
several  dayB  before  I  can  get  enough  to  make  the  first  distillation. 
Lty  Stills  are  large,  and  can  only  "be  started  after  the  plant  has  been 
at  work  for  several  days .  I  do  not  like  to  set  a  definite  date  for 
the  first  shipment,  hut  I  am  convinced  that  they  will  he  made  not 
many  days  hence.  I  think  I  shall  be  able  to  ship  all  your  customers 
will  need  this  month. 

I  return  herewith  the  Firestone  C ompany^a-telc gram- 


Enclosure . 

Mr.  Samuel  Insull, 

Edison  Building, 

120  WeBt  Adams  St. , 

Chicago,  Ill. 

By  dear  Insull: 

I  received  yours  of  the  27th 
ultimo,  and  also  the  volume  entitled  "Central 
Station  Electric  Service",  containing  some  of 
your  Bpeeche's.  I  laid  aside  some  matters  to 
read  parts  of  it  and  found  it  very  interesting. 
As  so  on  as  I  can  get  a  little  time  I  am  going  t< 
look  all  throng  it . 

let  me  congratulate  you. 

Yours  very  truly. 



lilt  sal  &  Company, 
25  Madison  Avenue , 
New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  first  instant,  and 
heg  to  confirm  the  increase  of  your  order  from  three  hundred  Ihou- 
sand  (300.000)  pounds  of  Phenol  to  three  hundred  twenty-three  thou- 
sand(323,000)  pounds,  to  he  delivered  in  equal  daily  quantities  be¬ 
ginning  with  June  15th  and  ending  with  December  31st,  1915. 

let  me  say,  however,  that  I  cannot  guarantee  that  deliver¬ 
ies  will  surely  commence  on  June  16th.  but  they  will  commence  with¬ 
in  a  few  days  of  that  time  ,  which  I  preaume  will  be  entirely  satis¬ 
factory.  We  have  been  delayed  in  completing  our  plant  because  we 
had  had  a  great  deal  of  trouble  in  getting  men  called  "Dead  Burners". 

but  we  are  now  making  good  progress. 

I  note  your  remarks  in  regard  to  increasing  the  supply  of 
pure  Benzol  from  the  Woodward  plant  and  also  in  regard  to  the  vari¬ 
ous  carloads  of  drums  which  you  have  ordered.  All  these  matters 
are  according  to  our  understanding. 

Yours  very. +=**•* 

June  3rd.  19X6, 

Mr.  John  H.  Mollahon, 

Box  76, 

little  Falls ,  II .  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  3lBt  ultimo,  and  thank  you  for  the  copy 
of  your  hook  "The  House  That  Junk  Built". 

In  regard  to  your  request  for  an 
interview,  let  me  say  that  I  am  singly  over¬ 
whelmed  with  work,  and  do  not  see  any  pros¬ 
pects  of  being  able  to  spare  any  time  for  an 
interview  foT  several  months  to,-oome  . 

Yours  very  truly. 


.June  3rd.  1W>. 

Mr.  George  11.  Meubauer, 
54  Jahlik  and  Bremser, 
Oriel  Building, 
locust  &  Sixth  StreetB , 
St .  Xiouis  ,  Ko . 

Dear  Sir: 


are ’pleased  to  say  about  me. 

it  bit.,  m  55LKVi».le'i 

riving  more  and  more  enjoyment  xro  y  ^  assures  me  that 

assure  you  it  is  ^lendid  -news  for  me^to  you  De  glad 

some  of  my  labors  hav®  n®1?  vou  some  still  finer  records.  I  have 
to  learn  that  I  hope  t0  to  be  used  for  the  purpose 

SS  *bWS*5  2T23 

much  better  than  it  is  r°®®^ti ons"  you  may  look  forward  to  some’ss.s  s.r»»«s  » ?- "or., ...  1— • 

Yours  veiy  truly. 

Mr*  Edward  P.  StettiniuB, 
Export  Department , 

J.  P.  Morgan  &  Company, 
23  Wall  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  2Bth  ultimo  in  regard  to 
the  Toluol  covered  hy  my  contract  with  the  British  Government  and  note 
your  remarks  in  regard  to  storage  of  the  same  at  the  -eaqpenM  of  the  Brit¬ 
ish  Government  until  Col.  Phipps  has  received  the  report  in  regard  to  the 
te3ts  of  this  product. 

let  me  say  in  reply  that  while  I  have  every  wish  to  he  accommo¬ 
dating  and  to  do  everything,  and  even  more,  than  could  reasonably  expect-^ 
(d,  this  whole  matter  is  under  a  very  \insartisfaotory  condition  at  the  pres- 
e  at  time . 

Sirs  »*•  —  « 

more  money  than  T  am  going  to  get  for  it. 

I  have  tried  to  get  specific  information  in  regard  to  drums .and 
in  one  of  yoSVtters  it  fas  sfgge  sted  tha^^  of 

tion  he  used.  On  asking  where  these  dru  Barrett  Manufacturing  Com- 

Barrett  Kann.faoiniring  Comi'any  was  given  me.  ] BC{jl>  Phirrs  on  the  tele- 

pany  is  not  a  manufacture r  o.  drums.  %htnk  a  galvanized  iron  drum 

SSTiSSy^.’K;  5&K  la.Vsr&SrfS"*  SaJSSKTS. 

Ss*'?SUphS,°”°^"i2“«  »»'ro«r  that  »o  satlBfaotoiy  rc.ultB  coaid  be 
obtained  from  the  conversation. 

V/hat  I  would  like  to  do  is  as  follows: 

1  »o  he  advised  definitely  whether  a  heavy  steel  drum  of  the 
ordinary  type,  not  galvanized,  will  he  acceptable. 

,rt.d  upon’a o' that*  It  STS  ffiS-f  ‘ 

from  this  date. 

S'fcLrSt«fS*oS-.  I  Will  r«m»«  «»  «on.y  «d  tab.  back  tie  Toluol.  . 

reiy  unsatisfactory  condition  at  the  pres 

the  Toluol  has  cost  : 


Page  twoT 

v. it  at' four  dollars  >( $4)  per  eallon. 

could  easily  find  a  custbi 

4.  As  to  future  *£ts  of  Toluol ,  7  wouli^lh  to  have  mattes  so 
arranged  that  it  can  he  inspected  and.-taken  away  from  my  plant  whenever  I 
have  twenty  (20)  drums  rep*™ 

Yours  very  truly. 

June  3rd, 

1915 , 

Mr.  Edward  p.  Stettinius, 
Export  Department, 

J.  P.  Morgan  &  Company, 

23  Wall  Street, 

Dew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  'beg  to  ackncr.vle  dge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  28th 
ultimo  in  regard  to  the  inspection  of  Toluol. 

There  has  evidently  been  a  misunderstanding  on  the  part 
of  Col.  Phipps  and  his  inspector.  let  me  try  and  straighten  the 
matter  out,  so  that  you  and  he  will  understand. 

You  are  probably  aware  that  the  plants  at  Which  Toluol 
is  produced  are  oalled  "Benzol  plants’.  Benzol,  Toluol  etc.,  are 
absorbed  together  from  coke  oven  gases  and  afterward  separated  by 

There  are  two  Benzol  plants  in  connection  with  the  coke 
ovens  at  the  Cambria  Steel  Works,  Johnstown,  Pa.  One  of  these 
plant 8  is  Mr.  Edison's  plant,  and  the  other  one  was  installed  and 
1b  operated  by  the  Cambria  Steel  Company,  but  both  plants  are  lo- 
oated  on  the  same  ground  at  Johnstown,  Pa. 

If  Col.  Phipps'  inspecting  officer  heard  that  three  thou¬ 
sand  (3,000)  gallons  of  Toluol'were  offered  for  immediate  sale,  it 
is  probable  that  such  an  offer  was  being  made  by  the  Cambria  Steel 
Company.  It  was  not  offered  by  us,  as  Mr.  Edison  is  under  contract 
with  the  British  Government,  through  you,  for  the  output  of  Toluol 
from  his  own  plant. 

You  state  in  your  letter  that  it  appears  that  an  incor¬ 
rect  address  of  Mr.  Edison's  plant  was  given  to  Col.  Phipps'  in¬ 
spector.  I  do  not  quite  see  how  that  can  be  ,  as  the  man  Who  oper¬ 
ates  our  plant  at  Johnstown  wrdte  us  on  the  27th  of  May  that  Col. 
Phipps'  inspector  was  there  that  day  and  found  our  Toluol  satis¬ 
factory.  It  would  aprear,  therefore,  that  there  must  be  a  misunder¬ 
standing  at  your  end  of  the  line. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison, 

Ur.  W.  H.  Mason, 
Woodward  Iron  Company , 
Woodward,  Ala. 

I  have  obtained  drawings  from  the  Philadelphia  Gas  Com¬ 
pany  and  the  ITew  York  Gas  people  showing  the  w0 °ae^^a!h^n^°t!;Sns 
K  they  use  fbr  washing  their  gas.  One  Company  has  a  washer  of 
this  kind  that  has  operated  forty-one  years  and  never  changed. 

the  problem. 

Yon  say  that  the  Uaphtholene  chills  out  of  the  direct  cool¬ 
er.  Why  not  put Va  lot  of  cotton  bags  or  screens  and  save  it. 

Bacon  evidently  has  not  caught  on  to  this  ^sineas^  He 
does  not  keep  his  stills  busy  as  far  as  I  can  see  .^Jou  sh^ia  ten 
him  to  ke  ep  his  stills  always  Rhine,  night  and  da^jpU* «T/ 

B-v-fPi  aior  it  would  have  been  a  good  idea  to  have 
As  to  exceisior,  -f -Thera  cross  each  other 

packed  as  to  make  a  filter. 

*.  &TAW?A-i8S.'SS«i 

in*  in  tin  mass. 

Ship  Benzol  as  soon  as  you  can.  Send  it  along  ht  the  fate 
of  20  drums  at  a  time. 

3  you  can.  Send  it  along  at  th*  rate 

Yours  very  truly, 


\  June  4  th.  1915. 


Toronto,  Out. 

a™”»OT  « •*  i”"4-  w  "•  * 8004 1“"' 

1  telp  ”* *  “n,  *  r—  « 1 

. «,  .-u-  -  r-  =«-•  *wr  r;r 

.  Ml.  eiBhty-fiv€  (85)  cents  per  gallon,  S’.  • 

-  *  ■—  - — -  - 

+  _ftt  the  fiv6  hundred  (5001  gallonB  daily  un- 

;n • «» ‘“&*a  ,8°0’  ^ 

io”s-  * «*.«  f-  *z 

ial  deal  *ould  end,  But  *hy  accumulate  Ben, 
■period,  this  special  aefil  &  OOI1txaot.  • 

I  «W  y«  8411  ,‘r  '“l11  J°“„  tM  .  (65) 

o,»*  x  offer  If  X-  .0X5  »  j 

Yours  very-'twly,  , 

./li  r\  ri .  - * 

Sear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
fourth  instant  in  regard  to  the  matter  of  send¬ 
ing  sample b  of  C.  P.  Toluol  to  the  Dupont  Labora¬ 
tory  at  Chester,  Pa.,  ana  note  the  change  of  in¬ 


We  now  understand  that  as  soon  as  we 
start  a  shipment  of  Toluol  on  your  contract  with 
the  He  ran  le  s  powder  Comiany,  we  *all  at  the  same 
time  Btart  an  egress  shipment  of  about  one  and  one 
half  quarts  addressed  to  the  Dupont  Powder  Company, 
Eastern  laboratory,  Chester,  Pa.  TheBe  express 
shipments  are  to  be  properly  labelled,  indicating 
date  of  shipment  which  each  sample  represents. 

Your  instructions  shall  be  complied  with, 
Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Kri  Edison. 


Mr.  Stanle  y  Doggett , 

99  John  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Beplylng  to  your  favor  of  the  second 
InBtant ,  I  he  g  to  say  that  we  are  now  making  Aniline  , 
and  will  start  dlBtllllng  Monday  or  Tuesday  of  next 
week.  In  putting  a  plant  of  this  kind  Into  opera¬ 
tion  we  have  to  make  enough  to  fill  up  our  working 
receptacles  before  the  material  begins  to  come  out 
for  shlpme  nt . 

I  have  ordered  some  one -half  drums  and 
will  ship  some  Aniline  Oil  next  week  by  express  at 
oiir  expense  ,  and  thereafter  your  -ans toners  will  get 
their  supplies  regular. 

Yours  very. 

wGl  - 


June  5tli.  1915. 

Mr.  B.  G.  Parker,  Purchasing  Agent, 

American  Printing  Company, 

Pall  Diver,  l.lasB . 

Dear  Sir: 

Be  plying  to  your  favor  of  the  second 
instant,  X  he g  to  say  that  my  plant  has  Just 
started  making  Aniline  Oil,  and  we  shall  now  take 
the  next  step  forward  and  make  some  Aniline  Salt. 

I  cannot  fix  the  exact  date  of  shipment  -on  Aniline 

Salt,  but  it  will  be  in  the  near  future. 

51 : 

June  5th.  1915. 

Hr.  j.  I,.  Andersen, 

518  Corn  Exchange  Bldg., 
Minneapolis ,  Minn. 

Bear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  P9th  ultimo 
has  he en  received,  and  T  he g  to  send  you 
the  following  answer  to  your  question  as 
to  "What  cherished  belief  of  yours  has  the 
great  World  War  robbed  you  of?" 

My  answer  1b  as  follows: 

"That  Education  and  our 
present  civilization  has 
had  so  little  effect  on 
the  suppression  of  the 
primal  Instincts  of  mem." 

June  4  tb  .  1915 

To  whom  it  may  concern: 

This  is  to  oertify  that  Fritz 
G.  Earsteller  was  employed  by  me  in  the 
Testing  Department  of  my  laboratory ,  and 

,  in  my  employ  from  Fe bruary  15th  ,.1910 

June  7th.  1915. 

Hr.  John  Bacon,  Jr., 

$  Coke  Oven  Department, 

Cambria  Steel.  Company, 

Johnstown,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

Mr.  Edison  has  been  somewhat  dissatisfied  with  your 
daily  reports,  as  he  says  he  cannot  make  anything  of  them.  To 
tell  you  the  truth  I  must  confess  that  I  have  "been  unable  to 
come  to  satisfa.ot.ory  conclusions  about  that  myself. 

Of  oourse,  I  know  that  you  have  been  doing  the  best  you 
can  and  you  have  had  lots  of  things  to  attend  to,  so  we  will -see 
if  we  can.  Btart  you  off  right. 

Enclosed  form  is  what  Mr.  Edison  would  like  to  have  you 
use  for  making  your  report.'  1  am  sure  that  you  will  easily  under¬ 
stand  it,  and  if  you  fill  one  of  these  out  every  day  and  send  it 
to  me  ,  I  think  we  shall  all  have  a  better  idea  of  what  you  produce 
and  what  you  have  on  hand. 

Hr.  Edison  wishes  me  to  say  to  you  that  he  wantB  you  to 
ship  as  much  pure  Benzol  as  possible,  and  not  to  send  any  more  90$ 
thar.  you  are  obliged  to  send. 

re  is  one  thing  that  we  are  all  anxious  to  know,  and 
that  is  how  much  of  the  washed  and  redistilled  Solvent  Naphtha  you 
have  on  hand.  We  are  having  a  good  many  inquiries  for  it. 

Yours  very  truly, 

June  7th.  1915.' 

B.  B.  Badger  &  Sons  Company* 

75  Pitta  Street, 

Boston,  Mass. 


In  our  report  from  the  Johnstown  plant,  we  have'  re¬ 
ceived  today,  there  is  the  following: 

"Coils  in  Ho.  2  Badger  eaten  out  ana  leaking 
hadly.  The  worst  feature  is  the  nipples 
which  we  are  replacing  with  XX  pipe  .  fettle 
is  not  affectea.  Am  arranging  piping  to  wash 
out  ana  steam  after  each  charge . 

Ihia  is  strange  when  we  only  use  this  still  for  dis¬ 
tilling  90#  stuff-  What  about  it? 

Yours  very  truly, 

June  7th.  X915, 

Mr.  J.  C.  Cross, 

2020  Bairibridge  St . , 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  third  instant  and  would  say  in  reply  that 
I  am  personally  very  much  in  sympathy  with  you 
on  the  question  of  higi  olass  records.  The 
trouble  is  that  the  dealers  compel^  me  to  fol¬ 
low  the  crowd,  and  the  crowd  wants  the  popular 
stuff.  However,  we  have  many  classical  composi¬ 
tions  recorded  and  I  shall  force  them  out  on  the 
market  this  Pall. 

It  will  interest  you  to  learn  that  I 
am  now  erecting  a  special  building  for  record¬ 
ing  mus io ,  and  I  am  expecting  that  it  will  help 
me  to  record  with  great  perfection  all  the  best 
works  of  the  Masters. 

Ycurs  very  truly. 

533 . 

June  7th.  1915. 

Ur.  J.  D.  Gillespie, 

Grace  church  SwllWnS8- 
80,  Grace  church  Street, 

London,  E.  C., 

England. . 

Dear  Ur.  Gillespie*. 

I  received  your  favor  of  the 
85th  ultimo ,  asking  me  to  act  as  Godfather 
hy  proxy,  to  your  son.  and  T  have  cabled  you 
that  I  am  willing  and  this  will  confirm  that 
cable  . 

Allow  nn  to  extend  my  congratu¬ 
lations  to  you  and  your  wife  upon  the  coming  to 
you  of  a  son  and  heir,  and  I  trust  that  he  will 
grow  up  to  be  a  hustler  and  mate  good  in  the 

Yours  very  truly. 

June  7th.  1915, 

Ur.  Isldor  Singer,  Ph.  D. , 
Managing  Editor, 

The  Slavonic  Classics, 

The  Slavonic  Publishing  Co . , 
456  Fourth  Avenue , 

Hew  York  City. 

Hear  Sir: 

I  he  g  to  acknow  le  dge  re  ce  ipt  of 
your  favor  of  the  third  instant  ,  enclosing 
a  few  leaves  from  Seoolea's  "Anglo-German 
Problem",  which  I  have  read  with  much  In¬ 
terest,  and  for  which  I  beg  you  will  aoceyi 
my  thanks. 

Your 8  very  truly, 

June  7th.  1916. 

Mr.  F.  D.  Waterman ,  President, 

X,,  e.  Waterman  Company, 

173  Broadway, 

■Hew  .York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  third  instant  containing  your  kind  offer 
to  present  to  me  one  of  Waterman's  Ideal  Foun¬ 
tain  Pens  as  you  think  it  may  meet  my  particu¬ 
lar  requirements.  In  reply  let  me  say  that  I 
am  always  ready  to  try  experiments,  and  thank 
you  for  your  kind  of f e  r . 

I  use  a  stub  pen.  of  which  sample  is 
enclosed,  and  if  you  wish  to  send  me  a  Waterman’s 
Ideal  as  per  your  letter,  you  may  kindly  forward 

it  to  my  Assistant  .Mr..  W.  H.  Meadowcroft.  at  this 

address,  and  he  will  see  that  I  receive  it  in 

Yours  very  truly. 

Enclosure . 

8th.  1916. 

Mr.  J.  H.  Plummer,  President, 

Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Companv 
Toronto ,  Ont . 

Dear  Mr.  Plummer: 

I  have  received  your  telegram  of  to-day,  which  has 
been  read -with  much  interest,  and  I  thank  you  for  the  information 
therein  contained. 

I  am  resting  in  confidence  that  you  will  surely  take 
care  of  me  to  the  extent  of  at  least  five  hundred  (500)  gttLlons  of 
pure  Benzol  per  day  until  your  plant  is  running  at  full  capacity. 

I  shall  he  very  glad  if  you  will  also  let  me  have  an 
additional  tank  oar  from  time  to  time  as  fast  as  you  can  accumulate 
the  additional  Benzol  to  fill  it.  When  you  have  such  an  additional 
tank  car,  you  may  ship  it  to  me  at  eight-five  (86)  oents  per  gallon 

F.  0.  B.  Silver  lake,  duty  paid.  It  is  understood,  of  course,  that 
I  only  want  pure  Senzol.«iMM>li£c(  u>e$C  ■ — -  'v 

June  9th.  1916 

Miss  Auril  Ragnell  Alpuente , 

10S  West  94th  Street, 

Ifew  York  City. 

Dear  Madam: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  fourth  instant,  and  in  reply  teg  to 
say  that  if  you  will  kindly  take  this  letter 
to  Mr.  W.  H.  Miller,  the  Manager  of  our  Re  - 
cording  Studio  at  79  Fifth  Avenue,  Hew  York 
City,  he  will  take  a  trial  record  of  your 
voice  and  send  it  over  to  Mr.  Edison  for  his 
he  aring . 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edistm. 

June  9th  .  1916 . 

Ur.  John  Bacon,  Jr., 

'/o  Coke  Oven  Depart  rent 
Camhrla  Steel  Company, 
Johnstwm,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

At  last.we  have  received  permission  to  ship  the  Toluol 
which  conforms  to  the  Dobel  specification.  At  least,  we  have  per¬ 
mission  to  ship  that  part  of  it  which  was  inspected  hy  Col.  Phipps 
inspector  who  oame  up  to  see  you  to  make  the  inspection  about  ten 
days  or  two  weeks  ago . 

Will  you  please  give  close  consideration  and  attention  to 
the  following: 

1.  Please  tell  me  how  many  drums  Col.  Phipps'  inspector 
tested  and  passed  all  right. 

2.  The  drums  in  which  you  now  have  the  Toluol  will  not 
he  strong  enough  to  hear  ocean  transportation,  as  we  found  they 
have  been  badly  dented  in  coming  from  Johnetovm ,  to  Silver  lake. 
You  will  get  a  carload  of  drums  on  Friday,  if  not  before,  from 
Pittsburgh..  These  new  drums  are  stronger  than  what  you  now  have. 

I  think  it  will  be  best  for  you  to  transfer  the  Toluol  to  the  n ew 
drums . 

3.  Do  not  put  any  marks  on  theBe  drums  until  you  get  my 
next  letter.  You  can  chalk  identifying  marks  on  the  drums  if  you 
do  not  get  my  shipping  instructions  before  making  the  transfer  of 
the  Toluol  into  the  new  drums. 

4.  Please  send  me  a  memorandum  showing  the  outside  dl«- 
nnnsions  of  the  drums,  that  is  to  say,  outside  length  and  outside 
diameter.  I  presume  they  are  all  the  Bame  size. 

5.  V,'hen  the  new  drums  come,  please  see  that  they  are 
clean  before  you  put  the  Toluol  in.  T  have  instructed  the  Manu¬ 
facturers  of  the  drums  to  be  sure  and  see  that  they  are  clean,  SO 
I  stippose  you  will  have  no  trouble  in  this  respect. 

Yours  very  truly, 

•  ,, 

stant  to  Kr,  Edi  so«. 

Ass  is 


Mine.  Boye -Jensen, 

313  West  Avenue  , 

Jenklntown,  Pa. 

Dear  Kadam: 

Ur.  Edison  requests  me  to  acknowledge 
ireceipt  of  your  favor  of  the  fourth  Instant, 
and  to  88y  that  If  yon  would  care  to  go  over  to 
our  Be  cording  Laboratory  In  Dew  Doric  City  some 
day  when  you  are  in  town,  he  would  he  glad  to 
have  you  do  so  and  to  make  a  trial  reoord  of  one 
of  your  songs. 

T  have  written  to  Mr.  17.  H.  Killer, 
the  Itanager  of  our  Beoordlng  Department,  request¬ 
ing  him  to  make  the  neoessary  arrangements  with  you 
on  hearing  from  you  when  you  are  likely  to  he  In 
Dew  York.  The  address  of  the  Beoordlng  Department 
is  79  Yifth  Avenue ,  Hew  York  City. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to 



June  9th.  1915 

Mrs.  S.  P.  Clifford, 

10  9  Summit "Street, 

ITewark ,  IT,  J. 

Dear  Madam: 

Referring  to  your  letter  of  the  first  Instant  In  re¬ 
gard  to  Mr.  Clifford,  the  following  report  w as  made  to  me  hy  the 
Supe  r  lnt  endent . 

P .  Clifford  was  formerly  employed  as  toolmaker 
In  the  Phonograph  Works  tool  room,  principally  on 
repairs  and  renewal  of  Phonograph  feed  screw  thread¬ 
ing  tools.  At  this  he  proved  satisfactory  for  some 
years.  However,  when  old  methods  were  suxerseded 
and  tools  changed,  he  seemed  unwlllli^  to  tiy  other 
work  given  him  In  the  tool  room  hy  his  former  fore¬ 
man.  This  unwillingness,  the  foreman  claims,  was 
caused  very  likely  hy  his  advanced  age  and  addiction 
to  saloon  hahlts.  He  was,  therefore,  compelled  to 
dispense  with  his  services." 

Yours  very  truly, 

V'/  '  t  ‘ 

57 1 

Clarence  Billon,  Es<i-. 

%  '.7m.  A.  Tie  ad  8:  Company, 
passau  fo  Cedar  Streets, 

Pew  York  City. 

Bear  Mr.  Billon: 

vou  -rill  he  Bias  to  loom  that  rhonograrh  and 
records  were  to  you  at  By.  .yC-day.  »»*  ’  «“* 

h,  safely  received.  1  told  you  over  the  .yhou,  that  »,  ««  •  «. 
to  ohtr  ho  record.,  hut  of  the  Hot  selected  they.  -X.  three  that 
oould  act  t,  shirred  f-diotely.  hut  the..  Ill  he  se.rsloug  later. 

Tf  „ou  have  any  difficulty  l«  «»rao*l»g  »d  s.t.lug  »r  the  »oh l.e  . 
riels,  l.«  me  hue  aud  I  Mil  hat,  a  nan  seat  ur  to  attoud  to  . 

Indeed,  If  you  uould  rather  that  «  uould  do  this,  1  shall 
glad  to  hare  It  att.uded  to  1»  thl.  usy  upon  hoarlue  fro-  J»- 

favorites.  He  has  ,ulte  a  «u,h.r  «  the  records  that  re  are  - 
tug  you,  tut  the  foiling  are  -rectal  favorites  of  his. 

BE063  -  Are  ltarla  -  |5£o2,tj)0“»lnlt'*°1' 

SIS?  :  he  puis  Edison  Concert  hand, 

80128  -  Jllliam  ^  Overtiire  -tm^ll^aison^Concer 

80010  -  Barling  Bell.  ’  •  (Sulp)  ci&ik  and  Phillips- 

K  ?irUhrnyou’ho^en^iiS^tileen  Colter  Van  Brunt) 

Yours  ve  ry  truly , 

,  'f 

June  9th.  1916. 

?lle  1204-0-97 

Hon.  lewis  'i'.  Bryant, 

Commissioner  of  Bahor, 

State  of  Hew  Jersey, 

Department  of  J.ahor, 

Srenton,  II.  J. 

Hy  dear  Sir: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the 
fourth  InBtant  In  regard  to  the  subject  of 
fire  alarm  equipment  and  have  fully  noted  the 
contents  of  same . 

I  am  fully  desirous  of  complying  with 
all  the  requirements  of  the  fire  protection*  laws, 
hut  owing  to  the  extensive  nature  of  the  fire  at 
my  plant  last  December,  I  am  now  overwhelmed  with 
work  in  carrying  out  the  changes  suggested  by  your 
Department  in  the  fire  proofing  of  my  buildings. 
ChiB  has  necessitated  a  great  many  changes,  which 
are  quite  extensive  in  their  character. 

I  would  greatly  appreciate  it  if  I  could 
he  allowed  a  little  further  delay  until  I  reach  the 
fire  alarm  part,  Shis  would  help  me  out  a  great 
deal  if  .it  can  he  so  arranged. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Monsanto  Chemical  Wo xfes. 

St.  TjOuIb ,  Ho. 

;  ln  „c.nt  .x *««  *«*  -  «• 

-  -  ^  riirrr r*  -  « — 

rirr  x»  *“-•  -  ^ 

than  we  are  sending  yon. 

Oy  pure  Sensol.  ^  ftr  R  certain  amount  of  P^noi 

»«,  •»»«“  M11  t„  u^ol  X  ..»*  X»’ 

-  *  •«“>  ^  «  .  round.  •»  xou  -  «  -  — 

-here  is  a  marhet  for  i  v  a  thinB  is  possible 

“* 1 

«*—  1  111  ^  »  »*»  xo«  out.  no 

rii'd"  **  - * — ** 

you  had  on  hand. 

yours  very  truly. 

June  9th.  1915 

i j&J8*  Guy  Warner. 
122o  Bedford  Avenue 
Brooklyn,  If.  Y. 

Bear  Mr.  Warner: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the 
fourth  instant,  which  has  Been  read  with  a  great 
deal  of  interest  and  pleasure. 

Bet  me  congratulate  you  on  your  good 
W°A  “*  ttI,°n  ^  re8ulta  «»at  it  has  3hotrn.  I  am 
surprised  that  the  piano  record  was  so  favorably  re 
ceived.  According  to  my  Judgment,  it  is  80  poor  that 
X  was  doubtful  about  putting  it  out . 

If  the  public  will  stand  for  that  rec¬ 
ord.  they  will  be  suip rise d  when  I  eet  some  good  piano 
records,  which  X  hope  to  obtain  soon. 

YourB  very  truly. 

June  11th,  1915, 

6  Y' 

Mr.  Clarenoe  T.  Atkinson, 

Ashury  Park,  ■!? .  J .  . 

Pear  Sir: 

You r  favor  of  the  9th  instant  was 
received,  and  T  have  shown  it  and  your  circu¬ 
lar  to  Ur.  Bell  son.  He  requests  me  to  send  you 
a  dollar  and  ask  you  to  forward ,a  copy  of  "The 
Sky  line  Girls".  Please  send  this  hook  to  me 
and  I  will  bring  it  to  his  personal  attention. 
Yours  veiy  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Ur.  John  Cushman, 

Collins,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  secoud 
inBtant,  I  would  say  that  we  have  experimented 
to  devise  such  an  instrument  as  you  suggest,  hut 
nothing  practical  las  thus  far  been  made.  It  is 
an  extremely  difficult  device  to  perfect.  At 
the  present  tine  we  use  the  microscope  to  deter¬ 
mine  the  strength  or  pressure  of  the  sounds. 

June  10th.  1915. 

Mr.  Jam? 8  Fleming, 

489  Seventh  Street,  'Z.  K. , 

Medicine  Hat, 

Alberta,  Canada. 

Hear  Sir: 

1  beg  to  ackncw ledge  receipt  of  your 
favor  of  the  third  instant,  which  has  been  read 
with  much  interest. 

let  me  say  for  your  information  that  we 
have  a  very  large  number  of  high  class  musical 
compositions  already  reoorded,  hut  the  trouble  1b 
that  our  dealers  demand  all  popular  Btnff.  How¬ 
ever,  I  shall  put  out  a  lot  of  the  better  class  of 
music  in  the  Fall  of  this  year,  and  then  you  will 
have  an  opportunity  to  get  some  of  the  records  you 

de  si  re . 

Allow  me  to  thank  you  for  your  suggestions 
and  for  the  complimentary  expressions  you.  have  writ¬ 

ten  in  regard  to  the  Diamond  IHbo  Phonograph. 


June  10th .  1915 . 

nr.  B.  >'/.  Pre  at  on , 

Standard  Essence  Company , 

Kaywood,  K.  J« 

Bear  Ur.  Preston:  eiEntn  m- 

!  ^  ^  1€Celrtt[at^e  are  new  malting  lUtrotensol, 
“*  “  «—  «“  011 
“* "  ’  «*  i  — i  -  »«*  «  “lr  J0"  -  “ 

«>“  tS*r  ’  t.  ,  „eM  hwt«r.  I 

:!ltrol>«»zol.  It  "HI  w°  “ 

•wa*  ,°“,MT "  in — — . — *«  ■«**■“•  ort’,°  °r'- 

,ol.  j  M  „.t  rroiuotaE  «.*«•  «  ’""14  “K"t  ,h“  ^ 

America,  Oien  Bidee .  •  wMch  he  doas  not 

and  may  have  a  *ay  of  wparatlng  out  the  _ 

t  fOVti*  <*j^**»*£'4* 

C-r«*&  <*  t*~ 

Ur.  E.  H.  3.  '.Teat  he  rail. 

ITew  York  City. 

Rear  Sir: 

I  an  this  doming  In  receipt  of  the 
follo./ing  cable  from  my  London  office  in  regard 
to  the  Carbolic  Acid  due  on  my  contracts  with 

the  London  Gas  £:  Coke  Company. 

"Edison  Gas  Company  state  Govern¬ 
ment  has  requisitioned  their  total 
output  and  prohibited  supplies  to 
private  customers  for  any  purpose 
or  distinction  whatsoever  they  will 
cable  you  accordingly  and  I  will 
advise  you  further  after  making 
personal  inquiry  of  Government 

•The  cost  of  this  cable  so  far  aov/e  ca 
figure  it  was  ?3,for  which  you  cod  send  me  your 

wvcebt  eh? ire  toxtbd  kutgdqi!  pp.obuctjoi7 




June  11th.  1915. 


(CMS*  " 


This  is  Hie  under  at  mil  ing  X  tod  with  your  Mr.  Birch  over 
the  phone ,  through  Mr.  Herter. 

\7e  have  three  nitrating  tanks  which  have  teen  destroyed 
■by  acid.  One  of  these  was  sent  to  you  and  you  were  to  use  tne 
flange  and  put  it  on  a  new  tank,  which  is  to  he  brought  to  “ii^er 
LakeShy  your  truck  tomorrow  (Saturday).  We  will  then  ret^nn  the 
Other  two  destroyed  tanks  by  your  truck,  so  you  can  use  the  top 
”?XanB?'rf\  The  destroyed  tanks  are  to  he  ;Junke&. 

you  are  also  to  make  two  new  nitrating  pots,  eve i1?.p: 
new  but  made  of  best  grade  of  wrought  iron ,  using  wrought 
rivets  of  best  grade. of  iron,  with  very  large  hea^s  ->(Jld8  '?hg 
last  two  tanks  you  are  t0  rush. 

ycV4a  very  truly. 



~~TT  $ 

American  Oil  A  Supply  Comrany, 

52  Kafayette  Street,* 

Newark,  II.  J. 


June  12th.  1915. 

I  hereby  agree  to  sell  to  you,  and  you  agree  to  talc?  ,  the 
entire  output  0  Solvent  Naphtha  from  my  Benzol  Absorbing  Plant  at 
Johnstown  ,  Pa.,  at  the  price  of  twenty-five  (25)  cents  per  gallon 
?.  0.  B.  Johnstavn,  Pa.,  less  1#  for  cash.  Drama  to  be  charged  for 
and  credited  on  return. 

Hhe  duration  of  this  arrangement  shall  be  one  year  from 
this  day,  and  it  iB  understood  that  it  covers  the  entire  product 
of  Solvent  Ilaphtha  from  my  Johnstown  Benzol  Absorbing  Plant.  r  es¬ 
timate  this  Y7ill  be  approximately  three  hundred  (300)  pailr.-  roi' 
day,  more  or  less,  but  I  cannot  tell  the  exact  quantity. 

As  to  deliveries,  it  must  be  understood  that  T  will  make 
deliveries  to  you  on  your  order  as  rapidly  as  possible,  rut  at  this 
date  I  cannot  specify  exact  dates  and  quantities  of  such  deliveries. 
It  is  understood  that  I  shall  not  be  compelled  to  redistill  and  de¬ 
liver  said  Solvent  Naphtha 'to  you  to  the  prejudice  of  my  requirements 
of  Benzol  and  Toluol  from  the  said  Johnstown  Plant,  although  I  will 
use  my  lest  endeavor  to  sate  prompt  shipments  undgj^Ri jj  TCgJf^ement , 
Yours  veiy  trj 


June  14i'h  .  1915 

Mr.  ’’red  BahBon , 

California  Ave .  &  19th  St . , 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Dear  !!r.  Bahaon: 

Recently  T  got  hold  of  a  few 
curves  of  sales  of  several  of  the  Mg  disc 
dealers,  and  in  comparing  them,  I  find  that 
the  percentage  of  record  sales  in  December 
last,  compared  .  ith  machines  saleo,  is  ar, 


A  Record  sales  23%  of  the  machine  sales. 

3  "  "  33%  "  "  "  • 

n  «  "  27%  "  "  • 

Edison  Shop,  Chicago,  13  l/2%  of  the  machine 
sale  s . 

I  wonder  why  this  is  so  different 

in  Chicago? 

Your  i 

•ry  truly, 


June  14th.  1915. 

Mr.  Oeo>ge  7.  Morrison,  Cen'l.  Mgr., 

General  Electric  Company, 

Marri son ,  K .  J . 

Dear  Mr.  Morrison: 

T  filet!  an  application  for  latent  on 
filaments  for  incandescent  electric  lamps  on  May  3lst, 
190V.  This  application  was  allowed  May  20 th,  1915. 

I  am  rather  inclined  to  abandon  this  patent,  hut  if 
the  General  Electric  Company  can  mafce  use  of  it  T  shall 
he  glad  to  place  it  at  their  disposal. 

of  the  claims  that  have 

I  enclose  copy 

June  14th.  1915. 

June  14th.  1915. 

V;  alt  e  r  V.’ .  t  haffe  r ,  ?rlnc  ipal . 
/.von  Avenue  School, 
pewarl'  ,  N .  J . 

t  arl  m  receli't  favor  of  the  11th  in¬ 
fant.  anil  an  much  gratifie'  to  learn  that  you 
have  conclude it  to  purchase  on  2dison  Diamond  Jioc 
Phonograph.  1  trust  it  will  le  u  sour'-'e 
tion  and  Interest  to  your  school.  In  regard  to  ns 
lnS  some  records  of  the  voice  of  the  teacher  you  n 
tion  let  me  say  that  this  is  perhaps  a  more  serioi 
matter  than  yon  weald  thin*.  7»  the  first  place, 
record  would  have  to  Is  made  at  our  Pecording  Dep 
mer.t  in  few  forte,  and  after  that  is  done  it  has  t 
through  a  long  process  of  manufacture  which  woul.d 
several  weeks,  and  the  expense  is  ouite  a  serious 
Of  course,  if  this  Is  not  too  much  of  a  drawhaci, 
vou  we  shall  1-s  C™  to  discuss  the  matter  with  j 

fours  v§ry-' 

<*£■  >' « 

'nu*4c  t-  rtfro^eA  <&w~ 


June  17th.  1915. 

Butterworth-JudBon  Company , 

'  60  Y/all  Street, 

Hew  York  City . 


X  rite  to  confirm  the  purchase  hy 
me  from  you  of  one  hundred  sixty  {160)  tons 
Mixed  Acids  rer  month  for  the  remainder  of  the 
year  1915  at  three  dollars  and  eighty  cents 
(£3.80)  per  one  hundred  (100)  pounds,  as  arranged 
over  the  telephone  -between  your  Mr.  Sunken  and 
!tr.  Keadov croft .  of  w  off!  ce  .  In  accordance  with 
y  ur  offer  to  me  at  our  interview  yesterday,  I 
\inderstand  that  this  price  is  ?.  o.  B.  at  our 
S  liver  I>ake  Plant  * 

Will  you  kindly  serf  me  your  regular 

General  Letterbook  Series 
Letterbook,  LB-105  (1915) 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  June-August  1915.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison  and  William  H.  Meadowcroft.  Many  items  pertain 
to  Edison’s  benzol  absorbing  plants  and  business  conditions  during  World 
War  I.  There  are  also  documents  regarding  Edison's  election  as  a  vice 
president  of  the  American  Peace  and  Arbitration  League,  his  endorsement  of 
government-sponsored  research  at  the  Massachusetts  Institute  of 
Technology,  and  his  opinions  about  the  war.  Additional  correspondence 
relates  to  the  technical  and  commercial  development  of  phonographs  and 
recordings.  The  correspondents  include  longtime  Edison  associate  Samuel 
Insult;  businessmen  Richard  M.  Colgate  and  Farnham  Yardley,  who  were 
Edison's  neighbors  in  Llewellyn  Park;  and  representatives  of  Mitsui  &  Co.,  an 
investor  in  Edison’s  benzol  businesses. 

The  spine  is  stamped  "Letters"  and  is  marked  "T.A.E.  From  June  18- 
1915  August-  4-1 915."  The  number  "43"  also  appears  on  the  spine.  The  book 
contains  699  numbered  pages  and  an  index.  Approximately  15  percent  of  the 
book  has  been  selected. 


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June  18th.  1915 

Mr.  Jrederib  7.  3htthi.ll, 

1457  Union  Street, 

’’rooklyn,  II.  I. 

Dear  Dr.  Tuthill: 

I  received  your  favor  of  the  12th  instant,  hut 
have  "been  so  extremely  busy  the  last  few  days  that  my  corres¬ 
pondence  has  heen  delayed,  so  please  excuse  me  for  not  reply¬ 
ing  more  promptly. 

I  will  immediately  investigate  your  complaint, 
and  have  your  battery  put  in  good  shape  and  returned.  You  may 
rest  assure  that  the  guarantee  will  he  fully  met. 

let  me  say  that  we  have  1,800,000  cells  out,  of 
which  more  than  400,000  are  over  four  years  old  in  service,  thei 
is  not  a  single  case  that  I  know  of  where  the  battery  has  gone 
had,  that,  upon  investigation  it  was  not  found  to  he  aue  to  ne- 
gleot.  Most  people  do  not  read  the  instructions  at  all,  ana  the 
garage  people  purpose ly  neglect  them  as  there  is  no  profit  in  re 
newals  as  there  is  with  the  lead  batteries. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Mr.  E.  G.  T-vebold, 

Secretary  to  HEITKY  FOrp, 

Detroit,  Uioh. 

Dear  Mr.  Heboid: 

I  iiave  received  your  favor  of  the  15th  instant, 
and  have  shown  It  to  Mr.  Edison.  Che  figures  you  give  are  cer¬ 
tainly  amazing  and  Mr.  Edison  thinks  they  are  positively  wonder¬ 
ful,  and  extends  his  congratiilati one  to  I’r.  Ford. 

3y  the  way  will  you  kindly  say  to  Mr.  Ford  that 
Mr.  Edison  har;  hi3  Aniline  Plant  in  operation,  and  we  have  made 
two  lots  of  shipments  of  Aniline  Oil  to  customers.  Some  of  the 
rubber  tire  people  are  so  badly  out  for  it  that  they  are  willing 
to  spend  money  for  expressage  in  thousand  pound  lots.  The  plant 
is  working  very  well.  Mr.  Edison  has  tremendous  difficulties  to 
overcome,  but  he  "got  thete"  as  usual. 

ITe  has  also  started  his  new  Carbolic  Plant,  and 
this  went  into  operation  last  Tuesday  on  the  first  stages  of  pro¬ 
duction.  It  takes  about  7  days  for  the  finishing  process,  so  T 
suppose  we  will  be  shipping  out  Carbolic  Acid  from  the  new  plant 
about  next  Tuesday  or  v.'ednesday.  Both  these  plants  were  built 
and  put  into  operation  in  about  sixty  days. 

yours  very  truly, 


Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

3te In ,  ’lira'll  &  Corainny, 

61  Broadway , 

!Tew  York  City. 


Your  various  telephone  messages  in  regard  to  delivery 
of  Canto  olio  Acid  under  my  contract  with  yon  have  been  given  to  me. 

I  had  hoped  to  begin  deliveries  early  in  the  present  month,  hut 
have  been  disappointed  or' trig  to  manufacturing  contingencies.  The  . 
delay  in  starting  up  my  new  Carbolic  Plant  has  be  en  due  to  the 
failure  of  almost  every  machine  contractor  to  carry^ their  contracts 
on  time  of  delivery,  as  they  are  all  loaded  up  with  war  contracts. 

All  our  machinery  and  apparatus  is  in  place,  and  of  the 
five  sections  composing  the  plant,  two  are  working,  and  T  think  that 
ome t ire  this  week  all  will  be  working, ana  it  is  possible  that  we 
will  make  sorm  deliveries.  Inless  something  unforeseen  occurs,  I 
expect  to  be  making  full  deliveries,  according  contract,  in  two 

/  fiy 

June  18th .  1915 

Mr.  K.3.  Bloke , 

Blake  ft  Burkart , 

V.'alnut  at  Sle  venth  St . , 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Bear  Ur.  Blake  : 

X  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  15th  instant,  enclosing  clipring  from 
the  Philadelphia  Inquirer  of  June  15th,  which 
X  have  read  with  much  interest.  me  say  in  reply  that  Maria 
Barrientos  is  not  as  good  as  lime.  Verlet  '-.1  the 
Paris  Opera.  I  have  a  trial  record  of  De  lucas 
and  would  not  accept  it.  He  is  a  letter  actor 
than  a  3inger. 

r  have. 2300  voice  trials,  which 
covers  about  every  singer  of  note  in  Europe. 
They  may  be  good  actors,  but  they  are  certainly 
noor  singers  generally  speaking. 

June  19th  •  1915  . 

Hiss  Anna  L.  Kelly, 

508  Lincoln  Street , 
Anti  go ,  '.Vis. 
Dear  T'aclam: 

I  he g  to  acknowledge  receipt  of 
your  favor  of  the  9th  instant,  and  it  glres 
me  a  good  deal  of  pleasure  to  learn  that  you 
installed  an  Edison  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph  in 
the  School  of  which  you  are  Principal.  I  sin¬ 
cerely  trust  it  will  come  up  to  your  expecta¬ 
tions  and  he  a  help  to  you.  Let  me  say  in  re¬ 
ply  to  your  inquiry  that  we  ore  going  to  mate 
some  folk  dances  shortly,  and  you  may  look  for 
them  on  the  forthcoming  list.  You  will  lie  glad 
to  learn  that  we  have  already  recorded  a  num¬ 
ber  of  recitations,  which  will  also  he  issued 
in  our  later  record  list. 

Yours  very  truly. 

10th.  191£ 


Mr.  H.  Seydell;,  Kanager, 

Ohe  Seydell  Hanufacturing  Co., 
86-100  ?orrest  Street, 

Jersey  City,  IT.  J. 

of  the  15th  Instant,  together  with  the  letter  from  the  Anniston 
Knitting  Kills  Company.  Cheir  letter  is  returned  herewith. 

You  may  say  to  the  Anniston  pe  qple  that  there  was 
no  such  offer  as  he  mentions,  fhe  General  Chemical  Company  start¬ 
ed  44  at  first  with  30$*  until  January  1st,  then  25^  for  the  next- 
year,  then  20j/  afterward,  and  guaranteed  that  they  would  meet  any 
lower  price  in  the  third  year  down  to  10.93,/.  Be.. fore  they  o  ouia 
stop  their  men,  they  had  sold  their  entire  capacity  ana  have  now 
withdrawn  from  the  market.  Acids  have  advanced  800&  and  Bensol 
to  80s*  a  gallon  on  long  contracts,  -  and  scarce  at  that  price. 
Aniline  Oil  at  30^  for  the  next  Bix  months  would  mean  a  loss  to  the 
mamfaoturer  selling  it  at  that  price. 

England  and  all  the  other  foreign  countries  are  in 
the  market  for  Aniline,  as  all  Benzol  has  Been  embargoed  for  ex¬ 
plosives,  and  there  is  not  a  carload  of  nitrating  acid  now  to  he 
had  in  the  United  States  at  any  price.  I  think  I  might  possibly 
sell  some  Aniline  Oil  in  1916,  but  will  let  you  knew  later. 

Yours  very  truly. 


June  23r&.  1915 

Hit  flu  I  5:  Company,  ltd., 

25  "adison  Avenue  , 

Hew  York  City.  Attentioi 

Cakaki . 

Dear  Sir: 

I  must  ask  you  to  kindly  excuse  the 
delay  in  rep lying  to  your  favor  of  the  10th  in¬ 
stant  in  regard  to  the  Japanese  Havy  specifica¬ 
tion  for  Carholic  Acid.  V'e  have  hll  keen  ex¬ 
tremely  busy  for  the  last  few  dayc . 

In  reply  let  me  say  that  we  can  make 
colorless  white  crystallised  Carholic  Acid  which 
is:  solid  at  normal  temperatures,  and  with  a  melt¬ 
ing  point  about  40°  Centigrade,  hut  no  person  oan 
meet  specification  #3  and  do  it  commercially  in 
large  cp  anti  tie  s .  Che  Carholic  Acid  we  furnish  is 
consider*' very  high  grade. 

In  about  two  weeks  our  vacuum  still  will 
he  running ,  and  then  T  will  send  you  sample  of  what 
T  oan  produce.  Yon.  will  then  he  .able  to  have  an 
analytical  report  made  on  the  t 
Y0urs  very  tiujj 

5  2- 

June  24th  .  1916  . 

Hr.  H.  B.  Blake  . 

Blake  ana  Burkart, 
Walnut  at  Eleventh  at 
Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Be  plying  to  your  injury 
t  re  cor a  almost  every  song  pith  & 

inquiry  of  tie  17th  instant  c 

nunva  ruble  letters  asking  why  we  do  not  have  one.  ~ 
tot»l  3»1«.  «  .»•*  «»•>"■“  ““ 

,,  to  W,  OfoMotr..,  rta  0 '  “"S*’1'*™’ 

ohoruBes,  quartettes,  etc. 

Tf  my  recollection  if  correct,  the  sales  of  songs  .. 
chorus  were^ore  than  seven  times  greater  than  those  -vithon,  Vou 
.ill  wee.  therefore,  that  what  we  ar*  doing  *  not  Vase*  upon  , 
.1  tot  *,»  -t  —  ~  —  -  -**  ""  *  r*-” 

of  eightee^  3^  ^  nothln£.  ^  people  disagree  about  So  ruch  as 

music  ,  an® "it  is  a  cur^s  «*»'  -  — tB 

pepple  are  cjui+S  different  from  those  of  I°na^^ - - y 

Y..uro  vei’y 




June  84th.  191&’ 

x.  Fred  Tia\»son,  , 
.  ^abflon  Brot-ha  *s ‘ . 

alWoxnia,*'”:*  ®  A 
Mo  ago .  m* 

«*  ,lrt  of  *««  of  «!..  !»  “ 

1  -  “  1  of  1.  on*  -*«  —  •  -  ” 

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5,  „i  oot  ,^,r.  «•  ■*  ^  aell  _  <*»- 

«W  W  «“  tI0""  ’  1Km.  I  *»  «!•'**  *  ” 

>?  records  because  *hey  *ave  that  there  v;ere.  several 

— -*  ■*  -  -  -  - to* 

Sdisor  disc  machine  «e,  ^  ri*yed. 

the  names  of  certain  .cords  o£  these  records 

Tot  the  dealers  sell  »**  *°  ^'^  l  e*rerimentinE  on  «« 

51*  Orange  M  will  E»« 

one  o^htnh.iamtold.  ^  & 

r^3'  T  it  i'  the  success  centres. 

some.  ftsAa  on  it  -  *  -  vs-ry>t<iffi.y ,  _ 

Hon.  Lewi  a  ?,  Jwj* 

C omni as  loner  of  lift D or , 
Department  of  T.ahor , 
State  of  ITew  Jersey, 

By  dear  Sir: 

P.e  plying  to  your  favor  of  the 
17th  instant,  let  me  say  that  1  u.qect 
to  finish  the  hurne  a  out  huiiaiings  ana 
move  in  hy  Alyrust  20th,  when  T  can  tal-.e 
vlV  the  fire  alarm  question,  although  I 
thin*  your  inspectors  will  not  find,  in 
the  whole  of  the  machinery  ’builMne 

pounds  of  anything  that  could  hum. 

Trusting  this  will  he  satisfac¬ 
tory  ,  T  remain , 

-fours  i;ery  t  ruly . 


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YorV.  City. 

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rnachlne  ana  records. 


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Yours  r^cT'-t'nil^ , 




23rd  instant  , 

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a.  John  PUTTOy  ItltojMlj. 
ITayor  of  the  City  o- 

7  uncle rstand  that  Hr.  Prefer  let  J. 

;one  is  a  candidate  for  appointment  as  *  bustler 
r  the  Court  of  Special  Session*  Ir.  -our  City. 

t  have  knew  Tlr.  "'tone  for  many  yearu  »n" 

,  has  Ware  a  for  me,  as  Attorney  and  Sol  lei  tor , 

,  some  very  important  oases  in  the  tfnit estate* 
onrts  ana  he  carried  two  appeals  for  i.«  ~ 

upre-me  Court  of  the  Hnited  States  in  which  3*-^ 
.Mon  3.  Parker  '.van  associated  with  hin. 

Tf  yon  Should  appoint  him,  X  helieve  he 
,ould  satisfy  the  comity  and  he  a  credit  to  i-r 


-r.  Stone  ?s  a  good  lwy«  and  he  some . 

.  ,  „  m,,  late-  Pavia  Pud 

of  a  family  of  eminent  lav..  >•  -  * 

ley  mield  and  the  late  Hon.  Stephen  T).  *  « 
uncles  and  the  late  Hon.  Hav id  X .  Prefer  vac  hie  . 


June  H4  fcn .  ling. 

Hr.  John  A.  liuedy, 

9808  Harvard  Avenue 
Cleveland ,  Ohio, 

Dear  Sir; 

Implying  to. your  recent  favor  let  rag  say  T  stated  that 
I  rould  do  all  x  could  to  make  war  more  terrible  in  cane  the  ihlited 
States  was  Invaded  by  foreign  enemy,  so  would  yon  or  any  American. 

?here  is  an  enormous  difference  between  being  invaded  ar id 
Invading  other  countries. 

Germany  has  been  invading  other  people ' a  country. 

X  hope  the  results  of  the  -war  will  be  a  German  republic. 

T  enclose  a  newspaper  slip  of  a  jussled  "L'.ongre  1”  taken 
from  a  recent  paper. 

This  letter  is  not  for  publication. 

Yours  very  truly,  ^ 


June  2  5th.  ISIS 

Ur.  ledger  Smith, 
Delhi ,  IT,  v. 
Dear  Sir:  to  your  favor  of  the  Slat 
instant,  I  he  g  to  g  ay  that  the  first  exrtrl- 
rantal  phonograp  h  v/orke  d  at  once,  much  to 

astonishment.  Hany  years  were  re qui  re <’ ,  hcw- 
ever,  to  produce  the  present  type  of  phonograph. 
I  worked  more  than  a  year  and  a  half  to  record 
and  reproduce  the  word  "sugar"  perfectly,  and 
two  months  more  to  get  the  word  "scissors’'. 

Aft--  that  the  phonograph  would  record  and  re¬ 
produce  anything. 


dune  24th.  1915. 



r.  A.  von  Bermuth, 

:! .  Stetson  S:  Company, 
'..111  Chesnut  Street, 
Philadelphia ,  Ba. 

Pear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  17th  Instant  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc., 
•7&S  handed  to  me.  I  am  always  glad  of  suggestions  and  intelligent 

In  the  present  case  let  me  explain  that  when  a  singer 
•>e  Anna  Case  makes  a  record  it  is  dangerous  to  complicate  the 
v  ives  on  the  record  hy  adding  too  many  instrumental  sound  waves , 
a-.-dwe  suppress  to  some  extent  the  instrumental  parts  so  as  to 
n»n  no  chance  of  losing  the  record  of  the  singer.  However,  we 
v».  experimenting  and  hope  to  produce  records  with  loud  acfiom- 
r.  ,ment ,  so  that  we  can  cover  tip  and  conceal  the  defects  in  the 
■:  ,\.5-3  of  many  gfana  opera  artists  who  appedr  to  have  reputation, 
w  . :  I  think  must  he  due  to  acting  or  personality,  for  in  many 

the  reputation  is  not  dim  to  the  merits  of  the  voice  it- 
■«:?.  let  me  say,  however,  that  these  remarks  do  not  apply  .to 
.  v.-.v  Case'B  voice. 

Yours  very  truly , 

.  r  •' ,  • 



r.  John  Bacon,  Jr., 
Coke  Oven  Department, 
Oanibxia  Steel  Co., 
Johnstown,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir;- 

I  do  not  know  whether  or  not  I  have  notified 
yon,  bnt  if  I  have  already  told  yon  it  will  do  no  harm  to 
say  it  the  second  time.  I  hare  ordered  another  oarload  of 
drums  from  pittshnrg  and  they  ought  to  be  shipped  to  you  in 
a  few  days  from  now.  This  will  relieve  your  necessity. 

There  is  something  that  I  have  been  intending  to 
write  about  for  Beveral  days  past.  Heither  Mr.  Edison 
nor  I  oan  understand  your  daily  reports  .  We  try  to  trace 
a  continuance  of  one  day's  business  into  the  next,  but  un¬ 
fortunately  cannot  do  so.  Sometimes  there  are  figures  that 
appear  on  the  reports  whioh  we  do  not  quite  comprehend.  For 
instanoe,  your  report  of  the  22nd,  whioh  I  enclose  herewith, 
we  find  two  items  of  Pure  8olvent  Haphtha  under  the  head  of 
"refined".  If  these  figures  mean  that  you  have  3044  gallons 
of  refined  solvent  Haphtha,  why  could  it  not  have  gone  in  one 
figure  down  at  the  bottom.  Perhaps  it  is  one  of  the 
peculiarities  of  the  business  that  it  is  difficult  to  make  a 
report,  but  suppose  you  and  I  go  at  it  with  patience  and  1 
think  we  oan  work  something  out. 

itr.  John  paeon. 

Page  -2- 

June  28th,  1916. 

r  1 
XX  5 

Suppose  you  try  a  report  for  two  or  three 
days  similar  to  the  one  that  I  have  outlined  in  lead 
penoll  on  the  baok  of  the  enolosed  report  of  June  22nd. 
Please  do  that,  and  let  us  see  how  It  works  out.  1  wish 
you  would  commence  right  away,  as  I  want  to  get  this  in 
order  as  quiokly  as  possible. 

yours  very  truly, 

.Assistant  to  Ur.  Edison. 



Jure  wih, 

Mr.  hyddeu, 

1510  union  Bank  Bid*  , 

Pittsburgh,  Pa. 

Sear  sir: 

•I  not  if  1«a  Col.  ybipps  By  .elephone  that  v;e  had  thy*  * 
t&cnsanA  (3,QOO)sbH.Ofte  cf  Toluol  ready  for  i nspe  eticn  at  Johns¬ 
town,  Pa.  i  as  just  in  reoeirt  of  a  telegram  .from  Col.  Phipps 
requesting  me  to  advise  you  and  to  ask  you  to  inspect  came. 

I  enclose  copy  cf  the  tela£."2:,i.  You  will  see  that  he 
requests  r*  to  for nlefc  you  with  r/  certified  analysia.  r  cannot 
do  this,  as  i  have  no  chemist  at  my  plant  at  Johnstown ,  Beside, 
andi  a  certified  analysis  was  not  called  for  By  the  contract. 

.1  am  sending  Col.  Pfcirya  By  mall  tonight  the  regular 
■printed  re  cue  at  fox  Inspection,  and  shall  have  to  leave  it  to  him 
and  to  you  to  5o  whatever  is  needed.  The  Toluol  is  ready  to  ship, 
and  1  trust  there  will  Be  as  little  complication  as  pcasitle  in 
regard  to  details  . 

io xr  -s  T*sr  truly. 

Phipps . 

June  29th.  1915. 

Hiss  Catherine  Bryce, 

539  High  Street, 

Hewark,  H.  J. 

Beer  Hie  a  Bryoe:: 

1  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  26th  instant,  the  contents  of  which  have 
Been  read  with  much  interest.  If  yon  will  kindly 
come  here  to  the  Laboratory  on  Thursday  afternoon 
at  four  o' dock  or  as  soon  thereafter  as  you  can, 

■we  will  he  glad  to  have  you  make  one  or  more  ex¬ 
perimental  records.  I  presume  you  will  bring  your 

accoiqpaniBt  with  you. 

If  you  take  the  \7egt  Orange  car  from 

Eewai3c,  it  will  bring  you  right  to  the  door.  The 
Laboratory  is  a  crick  building  surrounded  by  a  fence. 
Biease  ask  for  me  at  the  little  gate  house,  and  X  will 
attend  to  the  rest. 

Yours  very  truly, 

#%&****<■'  ■■/V’ 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Sdiaon. 

June  29 tli.  191! 

Ur.  G.  B.  Sayre, 

184  Tonnele  Avenue, 

Jersey  City,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Ur.  Edison  me  to  acknowledge 
receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  13th  instant,  and 
to  eay  to  you  in  reply  that  we  had  a  great  many 
requests  for  a  record  of  the  song  "I  Hear  You 
Calling  ile*,  and  he  had  it  sung  a  number  of  times 
by  different  dingers,  but  was  unable  for  some 
time  to  get  a  record  that  was  satisfactory  to  him. 

You  will  be  glad  to  learn,  however,  that 
we  now  have  such  a  record  coming  through  the  fac¬ 
tory,  and  it  will  be  out  on  the  market  about  the 


June  29 til.  1915. 

Hr.  William  C.  Breed. 

Chairman,  liayor' a  Comaittse, 

32  Liberty  3treet, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  the  receipt 
of  a  copy  of  the  beautifully  illustrated  biok- 
commemorating  the  visit  of  the  Commercial  Visi¬ 
tor  s  of  the  Chinese  Republic  to  the  City  of  Hew 
York  and  vicinity,  June  1st  -  8th,  1915. 

Please  accept  my  thanks  for  this  inter¬ 
esting  memento,  which  X  am  pleased  to  add  to  my 

Yours  very  truly. 


June  88th,  1916. 

Mr.  P.  H.  Humphries, 

4843  'Regent  Square. 

West  Philadelphia,  pa. 

Dear  Sir;- 

How  and  then  we  get  a  letter  from  a 
rauBio  lover,  like  yourself,  and  it  grieves  us  exceeding¬ 
ly  to  find  ourselves  in  the  position  we  are.  If  we  put 
out  much  high  class  music,  we  are  immediately  bombarded 
with  letters  from  every  dealer,  from  the  Atlantic  to  the 
Pacific,  to  "stop  it"  "Can’t  sell  it"  "Cut  out  the  high 
brow  stuff",  etc*  As  a  matter  of&ot,  the  sales  are 
small  compared  with  those  of  the  so-called  popular  records. 

We  have  investigated  this  matter  thoroughly  to  see  if  we 
could  asoertaln  the  reason  and  we  find  that  the  prinolpal 
reason  is  that  the  younger  members  of  the  average  phono¬ 
graph  owner's  family  wants  only  records  of  what  are  termed 
the  popular  selections. 

We  have  on  hand  a  large  quantity  of  the 
very  highest  olass  of  music  reoorded  by  some  very  remark¬ 
able  singers,  and  shall  put  these  out  as  fast  as  the  dealers 
will  allow  us  to  do  so. 

Tours  very  truly, 


Schaum  &  Uhlinger, 
Glenwood  Aye.  &  2nd  st.. 
Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Gentl emen: 

July  1st.  1916. 

I  am  much  pleased  to  learn  that  you  have  complied  ex. 
actly  with  your  promise  in  shipping  the  four  centrifugals  at  the 
times  promised.  Perhaps  this  will  lead  to  other  business,  as  I 
think  x  have  found  out  ways  of  using  centrifugals  for  other  pur¬ 

I  understand  that  you  expect  to  ship  my  other  two  cen¬ 
trifugals  on  July  10th,  and  trust  that  nothing  will  happen  to  pre¬ 
vent  you  from  doing  so . 

In  these  two  last  named  machines,  could  you,  without  de¬ 
laying  the  delivery  of  them,  line  the  inside  of  the  outer  cast  iron 
shell  which  aurrounds  the  basket  with  lead  and  the  exit  as  well? 

I  would  like  to  have  you  advise  me  at  once  whether  this  can  be  done 
without  delaying  the  shipment  of  theBe  two  maohineB. 

Another  thing,  can  you  furnish  us  with  a  man  who  could 
spend  four  or  five  dayB  with  us  when  we  start  operating  the  four 
centrifugals  which  we  now  have?  T  mean  a  man  who  is  actually  famil¬ 
iar  with  the  use  of  these  centrifugals  for  different  materials.  If 
you  can.  X  would  telegraph  for  him  within  the  next  two  or  three  days. 


June  30th.  X915 

Ur.  0.  M.  Bunnell. 
Edison  Lamp 
General  Bleotrlo  Co., 
Harris  cm,  B.  3. 

I  raoeived  your  favor  of  the  23rd 
instant  in  regard  to  miniature  lamps  to  he 
submitted  to  the  Bureau  of  Mines  for  approval 
for  uae  on  Edison  Mining  lamp  Outfit.  In 
reply,  let  me  say  that  I  will  turn  your  letter 
over  to  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company, 
with  instruotions  to  cooperate  with  you  upon 
this  question. 

Yours  very  truly. 

June  30 til.  19X6. 

Ur.  H.  V.  Erases 
Edison  Electric 
Brooklyn,  E.  *• 

Purchan ing  Agent, 
Illuminating  Cc.  of 

Dear  sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  farer  of 
tfce  24th  instant.  with  enclceuree.  which  baa 
received  my  attention. 

I  certainly  r «a«*er  s. 

as  I  traded  with  them  for  many  years. 

Let  me  say  that  your  scheme  is  a 
a0od  one.  The  people  in  this  country,  generally 
speaking,  are  entirely  too  wasteful. 

Yours  very  truly. 

j  /  /  ; 

/  f  July  lat.  1915. 

/  f 

Blake  &  Burkart, 

Walnut  at  Eleventh  St., 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 


I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  29th  ultimo,  and  in 
regard  to  the  rattling  of  some  records,  let  me  Bay  t hat  it  is  not 
in  the  reoords,  hut  that  some  reproducers  will  rattle  on  very 
loud  reoords,  although  most  of  them  will  not  do  so.  You  will 
please  hear  in  mind  our  standing  offer  that  if  a  reproducer  is  de¬ 
fective  it  can  he  exchanged. 

As  to  the  Bitter  matter,  I  willhave  it  investigated.  On 
the  face  of  it,  it  looks  abnormal . 

I  am  rather  puzzled  hy  your  statement  that  sometime  ago 
our  records  seemed  to  he  coming  through  clear  and  Bmooth  and  that 
recent  issues  have  gone  backward  in  this  respect.  I  have  a  host 
of  letters  from  Dealers  making  direotly  contrary  statements. 

Beferring  to  Mr.  Taft’s  statema nt  that  the  needle  Jumps 
as  muoh  as  1/4”,  etc.,  let  me  say  that  it  strikes  me  as  rather 
peoullar  that  I  Should  receive  such  a  letter  without  comment  from 
a  concern  which  is  supposed  to  have  competent  repair  men.  The 
letter  from  Dutton  clearly  indicates  that  your  repair  man  is  not 
high  class,  to  say  the  leaBt. 

The  suggestion  of  Rogers  that  we  ought  to  have  a  muffler 
where  the  disc  machine  is  used  m  a  small  room,  and  your  marking 
this  in  red  ink  as  one  of  the  oomplaints,  strikes  me  as  Somewhat 
remarkable  in  view  of  the  fact  that  our  machines  have  mufflers. 

However,  I  shall  send  a  man  over  to  investigate  this  whole 
matter  direct  with  the  owners  of  the  machines,  in  the  meantime,  I 
suggest  that  you  send  your  repair  man  over  to  Orange  and  have  him 

Yours  veiy  truly, 

July  jtgt ,  isle . 

Ur.  Dlbrell  P.  Hynes, 

1422  Dempster  Street, 

Evanston,  Ill. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  19th  ultimo,  which 
I  road  with  a  great  deal  of  Interest. 

In  regard  to  the  matter  of  olasBtoal  muBlc ,  let  me  say 
that  I  have  Investigated  this  matter  and  find  that  no  are  compelled 
hy  the  dealers  to  issue  meetly  records  of  "popular"  selections,  -be¬ 
cause  the  younger  members  of  the  families  of  phonograph  oners  dis¬ 
like  operatic  and  other  classical  music  and  desire  only  popular 
music.  Our  policy  Is  to  put  out  as  much  goed  music  as  the  dealer 

will  stand  for. 

Your  closing  rmsaxlt  in  rognri  to  th.  "»pi«l"  SlvaQ  tM 
ha.*  of  so„  of  th.  rooortB  rathor  .nrpri...  -  tavo  of  lettars  .o».niing  it.  ana  t.  «.ly  th.  .....a  on. 

against  it. 

Yours  very  truly. 

July  1st .  1915 . 


AT) out  two  months  ago  I  was  In  oomnunlo attorn  with  you 
in  regard  to  a  coal  property  owned  hy  a  friend  of  mine,  who  was 
thinking  of  the  possibility  of  putting  up  by-pro duo t  ovens  and 
Benzol  Absorbing  Plant  if  the  analysis  and  figures  on  cost  of 
plant  were  attractive. 

You  said  that  you  would  be  very  glad  to  analyze  this 
coal  oarefhlly  and  give  me  the  results  so  that  I  can  comamnlcat, 
them  to  my  friend.  In  accordance  with  this  arrangement  X  sent 
a  barrel  of  coal  to  your  laboratory  at  Joliet  about  two  months 
ago.  but  have  not  been  favored  with  any  report  from  you  so  far. 

I  am  being  pressed  fo  r  s  one  action  on  this  .  and  trust 
you  will  kindly  favor  me  with  an  early  reply. 

Years  very  truly , 

July  1st.  1915. 

Keith  Car  Company. 

188  South  Michigan  Avo . , 

Chicago,  Ill. 


I  am  in  reoeipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
89th  ultimo,  and  "beg  to  a  ay  in  reply  that  it  was 
much  to  my  regret  that  I  could  not  see  my  way 
clear  to  use  the  two  tanka  that  had  been  used 
for  hauling  oolaaaea.  It  would  not  do  to  take 
any  riakB  in  regard  to  pure  Benzol,  as  I  am  under 
Btriot  delivery  oontraota  with  my  Carbolic  Plant. 

I  was,  therefore,  obliged  to  look 
around  further  and  have  been  able  to  obtain  two 
clean  oars  elaewhere. 

Thanking  you  for  your  kind  attention 
in  this  and  other  matters,  I  remain, 

Toura  very  truly. 

July  1st.  1915* 


Luther  Hountze, 
141  Broadway, 
Hew  York  City. 

Daar  Ur.  Kountze: 

I  bays  reoeived  your  favor  of 
tie  29  th  ultimo  in  regard  to  the  ooal  fron 
the  West  Virginia  property  in  which  you  are 


I  forwarded,  this  to  the  Hoppers 
Company,  First  national  Bax*  Building,  Pitts¬ 
burgh,  Pa.,  and  have  written  to  them  twice,  but 

they  do  not  answer. 

I  have  learned  that  their  prin- 

otpal  EoglP.aP.iM  U1  »  P*”*1  *ltt  tto"  *** 
realgnsJ.  I  *  »» 

if  I  can  get  some  Information. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Juhy  1st .  1916  . 

Mitsui  &  Company,  limited, 
25  Madison  Avenue, 
Ho®  York  City. 

Attention  -  Ur.  Sbunzo  Takaki. 

Dear  Sir: 

„»  ffis  s  g** 

H.  J . for  one  year. 

Of  course  ,  it  is  understood  that  this  will  art 
the  previous  arrangement  between  us  lnregardtotheBenzolnee 
easary  to  manufacture  the  323.000  pounds  of  Phenol  for  the  Hap- 

W®  CoT"?“n|*  ohlBh  'silver^ateTTj/  ’  You  llll  remember  that 
it^wa^arTe  ssent ial * Item^wten'l^took  the  Contract  for  Phenol  at 
tho  price  agreed  upon. 


*3‘>'p?isis'£vH'5'S5^'ia  t- 

cuts  in  order  to  acconiplisii  tn©  ...  v,nv«  +o  i>e  very  carefully 

aflW  possible . 

_  _ _ „  +„  m  w  Mitsui.  I  have  written  to  Mr.  Op- 

arrangement  with  you. 

YourB  very  truly. 


July  lot.  1916. 

Ur.  A..  J.  Bohlnson, 

%  Thlehea  Plano  Co . , 

1006  Olivo  Street . 

St.  Louis,  Uo. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  invar  of  the  £4th  ultimo 
In  regard  io  11108  Hautok  has  lean  handed 
to  me . 

We  are  always  .ready  to  tiy  out 
singers ,  and  If  Miss  Haniok  should  he  In 
Hew  York  at  some  future  time  we  shall  he 
pleased  to  make  a  trial  record  of  her  vo loe . 

She  Should  communicate  with  Ur. 

W.  H.  Uiller,  the  Manager  of  our  Beoordlng 
Department,  at  79  Fifth  Avenue ,  Sew  York 
City,  If  she  expects  to  he  In  Hew  York,  and 
give  him  a  day  or  two's  notice. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Juno  30th.  1915 . 

Ur.  Hanxy  8.  Spademan,  Proa., 

Henry  8.  Spaceman  ihaginaering  Co.. 

8024  Arch  Street, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  far  or  of  the  18th  instant  in  re¬ 
gard  to  inking  a  one  special  records  of  prominent 
speakers  on  the  suffragette  question  was  reoeived, 
and  I  hare  been  lookix«  into  the  natter  very  thor¬ 
oughly  and  find  that  we  shall  not  have  the  time  to 
do  any  of  this  work  Just  at  present,  as  our  Re¬ 
cording  Department  is  too  busy  in  preparing  records 
for  our  winter  campaign. 

Regretting  that  I  cannot  do  as  you  de¬ 
sire,  I  remain. 

Yours  very  truly. 

July  1st.  1915. 

Dr.  August  E.  Zeitler, 

Island  Heights.  H.  J. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the 
27th  ultimo  which  has  he an  read  with  a  good 
deal  of  interest.  As  you  are  probably  aware 
I  am  very  deaf  myself,  and  I  had  Intended 
carrying  tn  some  further  experiments  than  those 
I  previously  tried  sometime, when  I  get  leisure. 

I  am  very  busy  indeed  Just  now,  but 
If  you  would  oars  to  give  me  an  Idea  of  the  posi¬ 
tion  of  the  application  with  relate>.to  the  spinal 
cord,  I  will  tabs  tine  to  make  a  rough  experi¬ 
ment  to  see  If  there  Is  any  hope  to  work  it  up 
oonsnero  tally. 

yours  very  truly, 

July  Una.  1916 

77  7 

Mr.  Stanley  Doggett. 

99  John  Straat, 

Haw  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  tha  26th  ultimo  was 

received,  and  as  Ur.  Ueadovoroft  has  sub¬ 
sequently  informed  you  wa  axa  giving  you  tha 
major  portion  of  ay  production  or  Aniline  oil, 
and  of  this  quantity,  tha  Firestone  lira  ft 
Rather  Company  lo  getting  the  lion’s  share. 

July  3rd.  1915- 

^  •  ,  I 

p  j 

Mitsui  &  Company,  limited, 

£5  Madison  Avenue, 

JTew  York  City. 

Attention  of  Mr.  Shunzo  Takakl. 

Bear  Sir: 

Please  do  not  think  we  have  over¬ 
looked  your  order  of  one  drum  of  pure  Benzol 
front  Woodward  for  Sankyo  ft  Company,  Yokohama. 

We  are  expeoting  a  consignment  to  arrive  from 
Woodward  any  day,  and  Mr.  3d 1b on  wants  to  have 
it  tested  hy  our  experts  before  shipping  a  drum 
on  your  order,  so  as  to  make  sure  or  its  purity. 
We  will  make  shipment  as  quickly  as  possible. 

As  this  Benzol  will  be  part  of  that 
sold  hy  you  to  Mr.  Edison  at  60  oents,  we  will 
bill  to  you  at  that  price. 

Yours  very  truly. 


July  3rd.  1916. 

Mr.  A.  H.  Woodward. 

%  Woodward  Iron  Company . 

Woodward.  Ala. 

Saar  Mr.  Woodward; 

I  received  your  favor  of  the 
26th  ultimo,  and  in  reply  would  aay  that  I 
have  astod  oar  Traffic  Department  to  let  the 
Seaboard  Air  Sine  Bailway  have  some  of  our 
hu8inesa.  The  firat  tax*  oar  of  Benzol  will 
he  forwarded  that  way .  Inaamuch  aa  the  other 
linea  alao  agreed  in  filing  the  recent  rate 
ruling  on  Benzol  we  must  favor  them  with  a 
ehare  of  the  hualneaa  aa  well. 

I  trust  thiB  will  he  entirely 

satisfactory  to 


July  3rd.  1915. 

prof.  J.  1.  Arnold, 

Hew  York  University, 

Department  of  Electrical  Engineering, 

University  Heights,  B.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  yonr  favor  of 
the  30th  ultimo,  and  in  reply  teg  to  say 
that  you  nay  call  at  the  Laboratory  on  Satur¬ 
day  morning  July  10th  about  9:30  or  10  o'clock. 


July  3rd.  1915. 

Messrs.  3inser  4  Amend. 

3rd  Are .  &  18th  St., 

Hew  York  City. 

Attention  of  Mr.  Baum. 

Seer  Sir: 

Referring  to  your  telephone  enquiry 
about  Carbolic  Add.  let  me  a  ay  that  I  am  con¬ 
tracted  up  to  my  capacity  for  the  reminder  of 
the  year,  and  cannot  spare  any. 

I  mould  eay  for  your  information  that 
the  Hayden  Chemical  dorks  start  making  Salicylic 
Acid  from  Phenol  furnished  by  me  about  the  mid¬ 
dle  of  July.  You  can  probably  get  a  supply  from 
them,  as 

Yours  very^trolyf'  " 



July  3rd.  1915. 

Ills  a  Boaa  Yerany, 

Edgawater,  H.  J. 

Bear  Madam: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  let  me  aay 
that  I  am  Juat  no*  erecting  a  large  special 
■building  expressly  for  the  purpose  of  record¬ 
ing  Symphonies.  Sonatas  and  other  music  of  the 
great  Masters.  Under  ordinary  conditions  I 
have  been  unable  to  get  them  recorded  to  ny 
satisfaction . 

I  think  that  in  time  you  will  be 
delighted  with  the  results. 

Yours  very  txniyr" 

July  6th.  1915. 

llr.  John  Bacon,  Jr., 

$  Coke  Oven  Department , 

Cambria  Steel  Company, 

Johnstown,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  writing  you  again  in  regard  to  your  daily  reports  and  I 
want  you  to  take  this  letter  in  the  proper  spirit.  ..a  know  tne  fl- 
culty  of  rendering  ineligible  reportB  of  a  Benzol  plant  and  realize 
you  Ire  doing  the  best  you  o  an,  but  neither  Hr.  *'4*3  on  2?**°“  ??  eac 
from  the  reports  Just  what  we  want  to  know  in  order  to  figure  on  h 
tual  results  of  the  operation  of  the  plant. 

Of  course,  we  realize  that  the  difficulty  of  making  reports  is 
increased  because  of  tha  daily  shifting  of  one  o1*88 

other  class.  So  let  us  take  this  up  patiently  and  see  if  1 *e  cannot  ..ork 
it  out  little  by  little,  and  perhaps  work  out  ,  so  me  form  of  *^°;*  “”** 
will  be  much  more  satisfactory  and  give  all  of  us  the  kind  of  information 
that  will  be  practical.  I  am  sure  you  are  just  as  anxious  to  h-ve  i.  as 
we  are  to  get  it. 

If  we  were  dealing1  w-ith  th^rnanufaoture  of  so  much  ordinary  mer¬ 
chandise,  we  would  start  with  so  much' raw  material  and  at  theendofthe 
day  we  would  have  a  certain  quantity  of.  finished  material  a  ^ertain  quan 
tity  of  raw  material,  a  certain  quantity  of  waste  material  and  a  ce.ta  _ 
quantity  of  material  in  progress.  If  these  ware  added  together,  the 
should  equal  wliat  -no  started  the  day  with. 

How,  it  seems  to  m°  that  the  operation  of  a  Benzol  plant  should 
coma  under  a  system  of  reporting  of  a  somewhat  similar  nature.  I  have 
tried  time  after  time  to  get  a  balano.  by  adding  all  your  figures  togethe 
on  the  reports  of  succeeding  days,  tut  n„,r  could  do  i J * 
on  vour  report  of  July  1st  you  show  a  total  s«ilonage  of  19,343  gallons, 
taking  into  account  the  2,000  gallons  Benzol  in  Ho .  1  badger,  y®*  Y?11*  , 

report  of  July  8^  shows  a  totll  of  21.  116  gallons  a  difference  of  1778 
additional,  and  1  am  sure  you  did  not  make  this  quantity  of  light  oil  that 

I  return  herewith  your  report  of  July  2nd  for  illustration.  You 
omitted  to  say  how  much  light  oil  you  made,  so,  for  the  purpose  of  the 
2Z1Z+  T  have  assumed  1,000  gallons  of  39$.  Please  look  at  the  figures 
“Bive  marked  in  pencil  at  the  foot  of  the  report.  These  show  that  on  that 

day  you 

had  on  hand  and  "made"  a  grand  total  of  21,116  gallons. 

If  this  system  of  reporting  is  correct,  your  report  of  the  next 
dav  would  show  a  grand  total  which  would  he  equal  to  the  total  of  the  day 
before  as  increased  by  the  number  of  gallons  of  light  Oil  obtained  on  the 
^5  the  report  made.  Your  figures  of  material  in  Stills,  on  hand  Crude. 

Pag4  too. 

on  hand  washed,  and  on  hand  Pure  might  htfxe  change  (hf'but  the  grand  total 
each  day  should  balance  with  the  grand  .-Total  of -the  day  before  after  add¬ 
ing  the  day’s  production  of  light  Oil.  Off  oou Ybb,  your  shipments  from 
time  to  time  should  he  deducted,  thus  mulMaig  jp0  grand/total  a  net  total. 

I  know  that  you  will  hav  •  thought  of  before  you  arrive  at  thiB 
part  of  my  letter.  You  will  say  to  yourself:  IJeadowcroft  has  not 

thought  of  the  losses".  I  have  thought  of  this,  however,  and  left  it 
until  I  explained  my  idea  of  the  principle  of  reporting.  The  losses  what¬ 
ever  they  may  he,  are  the  things  that  Mr.  Sdi3on  is  very  desirous  of  ascer¬ 
taining,  and  at  this  moment  we  do  not  see  any  more  convenient  way  of  get¬ 
ting  at  the  facta. 

If  you  will  please  make  these  reports  a  vary  serious  business 
and  take  pains  to  have  them  really  accurate  you  will  very  quickly  find 
out  wher-  your  Ioshos  are,  and  by  constant  observation  wa  ahall  soon  ba 
able  to  get  a  line  on  them  and  perhaps  make  some  improvements. 

I  assume  that,  of  course,  you  keep  copies  of  your  daily  reports. 
If  you  will  get  out  the  copies  of  your  reports  of  June  30,  and  July  1,  you 
will  see  why  Mr.  Sdison  and  I  find  it  impossible  to  reconcile  the  daily 
reports  with  each  other.  If  you  will  figure  out  the  total  gallonago  of 
each  day  you  will  see  that  these  reports  do  not  correspond  with  each  other. 
There  is  a  hig  discrepancy.  Besides,  there  is  a  sudden  appearance  of 
2,676  gallons  of  Pure  Toluol  on  July  i,  which  you  could  scarcely  have  made 
in  on-?  day.  T  have  not  overlooked  the  5,600  gallons  Commercial  Toluol 
reported  June  30. 

So, you  see,  we  really  ought  tc  tiv  and  get  things  straightened 
out.  Perhaps  you  may  have  to  take  account  of  stock  to  begin  the  new  re¬ 
ports  with  . 

An  illustration  will  make  it  more  clear  vhat  I  have  in  mind.  I 
have  just  received  your  reports  .of  July  3  and  4.  Th>  total  gallonage  July 
3  was  21,531  gallons,  an  increase  over  July  2  of  only  415  gallons,  al¬ 
though  you  made  1189  gallons  of  light  Oil.  The  report  of  July  4  shows  a 
total  gallonage  of  21,621  gallons  before  deducting  ycur  uuprasnt  of  2,367 
gallons.  This  shows  an  Increase  of  only  90  gallons  over  o^iy  3,  although 
you  made  1,340  gallons  of  light  Oil. 

7; 111  you  please  take  up 'this  matter  immediately  and  let  me  hear 
from  you.  T  expect  to  leave  on  Saturday  night  for  a  vacation  an 3  want  to 
see  that  you  understand  before  I  leave. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  • 

Mr.  Claude  Opdyko, 

Edison  Benzol  Plant, 

VJoodward  Iron  Company. 

Woo  dwa-rd ,  Ala . 

Bear  Ur.  Opdyke: 

Hare  is  a  matter  upon  »Mok  « slTthat^oiTget0  one® of  those 
SLSritt^rme^^nlTe^  therein  all  the  correspondence  and  papers 
relating  to  this  matter,  exclusively. 

maSSsHgSL  *as  r  -  ” “*  “ 

Mu  .ill  ...IronoopMo  or  |-,«cJ“7iSSS.a”§'Sj 
hero.lth.  that  Shlr»"»ts  ar.  to  !*»«>  I'”»  ‘ 

siss^s-sss^n-.sS.rt..  «•«■»  ° "  °*““1  tt,  a„ 

Will  you  plsase  mats  I^^1yt^^|^f1’aoooraiofc'ly-  ih®  ^ 

“u  “  - :::  z 

for  ooti,i“  ::^;:r  litti.  «»r s 

— pi»;s;"  _  lt  til.  „  .11  thoroughly  uuO.r.tooi 

By  you. 

YourB  very  truly , 

,stant  to  Ur.  Edison. 

P.  S.  Please 


absolutely  su 


July  6th.  1916 

Mr.  W.  H.  Mason, 

%  Edison  Benzol  Plant, 

Woodward  Iron  Company, 

Woo Award,  Ala.  ' 

Bear  Mr,  Mason: 

Your  checking  up  report  of  the  out¬ 
put  of  the  plant  for  the  month  of  June  came  to  hand. 

I  gave  it  immediately  to  Mr.  Edison,  who  went  through 
it  very  earefhlly.  He  is  rather  surprised  at  the 
results,  although,  as  you  say,  you  have  not  been  able 
to  make  any  straight  24  hours  rnn.  He  hopes  that 
it  will  show  up  better  in  the  pure  Benzol  for  the 
present  month,  as  we  have  been  figuring  on  receiv¬ 
ing  at  least  a  thousand  gallons  a  day . 

He  made  a  memorandum,  which  I  will  re¬ 
peat.  It  reads  as  follows: 


You  8 peak  of  loss  in  heads.  Our 
experience  here  is  that  Benzol  heads  have 
76  to  6056  Benzol  in  it . 

I  oan't  understand  why  so  mUch  straw 
oil  oarries  over  Into  the  crude. 


I  am  sending  carhon  copy  of  this  letter 
to  you  at  Johnstown  and  at  your  house,  as  your  report 
aoes  not  say  whether  you  are  going  to  he  down  there 
for  any  length  of  time. 

Yours  very  truly,  . 

July  7th.  1915. 

Mr*  Randall  Hargreaves, 

31  linooln  Street, 

Bast  Orange ,  H .  J . 

By  dear  Mr.  Hargroaves; 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  first 
instant,  and  teg  to  say  in  reply  that  the  later  test  records  did 
not  she*  sufficient  improvement  to  warrant  the  making  of  any  reg¬ 
ular  arrangements  with  you.  Mr.  3dison  has  lean  so  busy,  however, 
the  last  two  or  three  months  that  he  has  not  given  much  time  to 
the  muaioal  end. 

If  you  would  like  to  come  over  again  some  day 
we  will  take  another  trial  and  sea  where  that  leads  us.  Mm  you 
come,  kindly  ask  for  Mr.  Hayes  and  he  will  give  you  the  necessary 
attention.  I  think,  perhaps,  it  might  he  well  to  telephone  him 

in  advance  of  your  coming. 

Your 8  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Raison. 



July  7th.  1915. 

The  Parker-Washington  Co., 

6161  Maple  Avenue  , 

St.  Louie,  Ho. 


Your  favor  of  the  30th  ult  Imo  has 
been  received,  and  we  heg  to  say  In  reply  that 
we  do  not  make  any  electrical  laboratory  apparat¬ 
us  such  aa  you  mention.  Perhaps  you  had  better 
communicate  with  the  General  Electric  Company, 
Schenectady,  S.  Y. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Laboratory. 

Mr.  J.  H.  Plummer,  President, 

Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co., 

Toronto,  Canada. 

Dear  Hr.  Plummer: 

let  me  say  for  your  Information 
that  I  found  that  hy  washing  my  Solvent 
Naphtha  with  5%  Acid  and  distilling  it  so 
that  It  becomes  water  white,  I  have  obtained 
a  market  for  it. 

you  ought  to  have  considerable 
Solvent  Naphtha  on  hand,  and  if  you  have  dis¬ 
tilling  oapaoity  you  could  turn  it  into  cash. 
IfchringB  25ff  per  gallon  P.  0.  B.  Hew  York. 

Your b  very  truly, 

July  10th.  1915. 

Mis a  Emmie  J.  Gerber 
169  Beach  Street 

Tompklnsvilie,  s.  t 

New  York. 

Dear  Mias  Gerber: 

I  a»  1»  raoalyt  of  your  f.,„r  a„d 
*o  e«y  m  rapiy  that  Hr  Mlsm  u  ^ 

»™— <Uy,  that  oot 

**“  10  trial,  of  ,iw>. 

**  a™e.  thoo.  matt  ora  ty  haring 
«.  «•«.  «a.  mad,  ,t  „„0M1„S  Boras 
In  Haw  York.  If,  tharaforB,  you  will  taka  thia 
lottar  to  Mr.  Mu.,,  of  ^ 

Recording  Dapartmant  at  79  fifth  „aou« ,  „„ 

ha  win  make  a  trial  ,«„»  of  your  rol.a 
which  will  ha  paoead  upon  la  dua  ordar. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Hi ' . 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


Hi tea i  &  Company,  limited, 
25  Madison  Avenue , 

Attention  of  Mr.  Shunzo  iPakaki. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  enclose  herewith  an  affidavit  which 
I  have  cade,  showing  the  reasonB  why  I  have  he  an 
prevented  from  making  the  earliest  shipments  on 
my  contract  with  you  for  323,000  pounds  of  Phenol. 

1  trust  it  will  he  satisfactory  to  you  and  your 

I  expect  to  make  you  a  shipment  of  six  drums 
of  Phenol  on  July  15th,  and  shall  axpect  to  he 
able  to  follow  this  with  other  and  larger  shipments 
regularly  and  soon  afterward,  as  I  am  getting  my 
manufacturing  facilities  in  good  order.  1  feel  no 
douht  of  my  ability  to  complete  the  whole  order  with¬ 
in  the  contract  time  unless  prevented  by  matters  ab¬ 
solutely  beyond  my  control. 

Yours  very  truly-j-*.,. 

a  £u*atw- 

Pn closure. 

July  9th,  19X6. 

Sonino  Bar.  dott.  Sidney, 

Unlatro  degli  Affari  Eaterl, 
Bonn,  Italy. 

Dear  Sir:- 

It  gives  me  great  pleasure  to 
testify  that  Prof,  inigi  Boaaao  spent  several 
months  at  my  laboratory  in  ooaposlng  muslo  for  use 
with  ay  phonograph.  I  regard  him  as  a  good 
mosiolan,  and  found  his  compositions  to  be  quite 
original  and  very  meritorious.  Be  always  oonduoted 
himself  in  a  most  gentlemanly  manner  and  was  always 
very  industrious  and  uniformly  courteous.  I  should 
be  glad  to  learn  that  he  has  been  honored  by  hie  own 

Yours  very  truly, 

July  8th,  1915. 

litr.  D.  2.  Wilson,  Treasurer, 

Woodward  Iron  Company, 

Woodward,  Ala. 

Sear  Sir;- 

I  am  in  reoeipt  of  your  favor  of  the  2nd 
instant,  in  which  you,  ask  that  I  will  send  you  a  statement 
each  month  showing  the  quantity  of  Benzol  refined  during 
that  month. 

Under  our  contract,  the  Woodward  Iron  Company 
is  entitled  to  a  certain  sum  for  every  gallon  of  Benzol, 

Toluol  C/r  Solvent  Haphtha  that  we  ship  away  from  the  plant . 

On  account  of  the  various  grades  of  these  materials  handled 
in  the*  process  of  refining,  it  would  be  a  matter  of  great 
difficulty  to  render  suoh  a  statement  as  you  have  in  mind. 

The  simplest  thing  to  do  is  to  follow  the  oourse 
that  we  pursue  at  the  Plant  of  the  Oambria  Steel  Company, 
at  Johnstown,  pa.Whon  we  ship  away  any  Beneol,  Toluol  or 
Solvent  Haphtha  from  that  Plant,  the  Cambria  Company  renders 
utf  a  bill  for  so  many  gallons,  as  shipped,  at  the  price  agreed 
upon  in  the  contract.  The  Cambria  people  have  aooesa  to  our 
Plant,  so  that  they  a an  check  up  the  quantities  shipped,  and 
in  this  way  it  becomes  quite  a  simple  matter  to  bill  out  the 
produots  shipped  away  from  the  plant. 

Trusting  this  will  be  satisfactory  to  you,  I 
yours  very  truly. 



July  loth •  1915 ' 


141  Broadway, 
tlavi  York  City. 

Daar  Ur.  Lozier: 

Your  favor  of  the  9th  Instant  In 

and  shown  to  Mr.  Edison. 

He  has  made  mis-statements  to  you. 

E.  all  «rt  W  •«*  ««  IM*  IMMl  El“nt‘  ” 


H,  nevar  dad 

0f  tM  prodoatloa  of  «.  Pl—1-  BIS  r0'm“ 

dot*  d...  »>  “  «•  *“  *“PW  *“al 

a  dpaaBdts»an.  «  «.  ,’“t  “ 

not  know  the  process.  . r 

If  he  has  our  plans  for  the  PhenolfWW, 

tMy  da,.  d.«  •«»“*  aarroptloa.U.  “  “  « 

aotl.6»l»t.l,  «tm.»  to  ». 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Itt.  Edison. 


July  10th.  1915. 

Woodward  Iron  Company  .’ 

Woodward,  Ala. 


1  Please'  do  not  think  that  I  have  forgotten  your  request 
for  six  complete  set's' 'of  blue  prints  for  a  Benzol  Plant  such  as 
•.ve  have  established  at  Woodward. 

The  drawings  that  we  originally  made  for  the  Plant  which 
we  now  have  down  there  will  need  to  have  some  changes  to  include 
improvements  we  have  made  since  we  first  begun,  so  that  the  blue 
prints  you  will  receive  will  represent  our  up-to-date  experience . 

Mr.  Mason  has  been  down  to  your  Plant  for  some  little 
time,  and  I  have  been  waiting  for  his  returns  so  that  he  can  take 
a  draughtsman  and  make  the  changes  in  the  drawings,  and  then  we 
jo,  wt  a  °“t  °£ 

a  JrausM.-,  for  a  ..ft  or  two  .111  not  ~t.ll  .  «*!...  «r~~. 
but,  of  course,  you  want  the  most  up-to-date  plant. 

T  expect  Ur.  Mason  here  by  Monday,  and  then  he  can  take 

up  the  matter  and  put  it  through. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Dow  Yortr  City. 

July  Igth.  1915. 

Boar  Sir: 

X  am  in  reoelpt  of  your  favor  of  the  8th  instant  in  re¬ 
gard  to  Solvent  Naphtha,  and  heg  to  Bay  that  the  sample  which  I 
gave  you  sometime  ago  was  from  my  Johnstown  Plant,  hut  since  the 
sample  was  given  you  I  have  sold  all  the  produot  of  Solvent  Naph¬ 
tha  from  that  Plant. 

I  have  another  one,  however,  at  Woodward,  Ala, ,  from 
which  I  have  not  yet  received  any  of  the  Solvent  Naphtha  they 
are  producing.  I  have  sent  down  for  some,  and  when  it  comes  will 
send  you  a  sample  gallon.  It  will  prohahly  he  two  weeks  at  least 
before  you  will  get  it . 

Yours  very  truly. 


July  12th .  1915. 

Ur.  1!.  T .  Gundlaoh, 

Peoples  Gee  Blag. , 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Dear  Mr.  Gundlaoh: 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  6th  Instant,  and  would  say  In  reply  that 
we  shall  he  glad  to  make  a  trial  record  of  An¬ 
tonio  Sala.  If  he  should  he  In  the  vicinity  of 
Hew  fork  at  anytime ,  tell  him  to  oall  and  see 
Ur.  Walter  H.  Killer,  the  Manager  of  our  Becord- 
ing  Studio,  at  79  Fifth  Avenue,  Dew  York,  and 
he  will  make  a  trial  record  and  send  It  over  to 
me  for  my  hearing. 

Yours  very  truly. 

i  wmmmmmML:  .  jh 


July  12th.  1916. 

Mr.  C.  B.  McKay,  Asst.  Pur.  Agt., 

The  Fisk  Butter  Company, 

25  Beaver  Street , 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  8th  instant  in 
regard  to  Aniline  Oil  drums.  As  to  these  drums,  I  am  in  rather 
a  peculiar  position.  If  you  Bought  the  Aniline  Oil  through  a 
Broker  in  Hew  York,  the  principal  in  the  matter  was  not  acting 
in  accordance  with  the  spirit  of  my  arrangement.  I  only  went 
into  the  manufacture  of  Aniline  Oil  to  help  out  the  Textile  and 
Butter  people,  and  have  not  teen  speculating  with  it.  If  any 
of  my  customers  have  teen  parting  with  it  to  make  a  little  money, 
it  is  much  against  my  wishes  and  intentions.  I  would  prefer, 
therefore,  that  you  return  the  drums  to  them  and  make  them  give 
you  credit  for  them.  If  they  subsequently  return  them  to  me,  of 
course  I  will  credit  them. 

I  trust  you  will  excuse  me  for  giving  you  this  little 
extra  trouble,  tut  I  think  you  will  understand  my  feeling  under 
the  circumstances  above  mentioned. 

Yours  very  truly. 


July  13  th.  1915. 

E.  B.  Ba&gar  &  Sons  Company, 

75  Pit^s  Street, 

Boston,  Mass. 


Your  ravor  of  the  10th  instant 
haa  been  received,  and  in  reply  I  would  say 
that  Mr.  lunt  knows  wlat  the  trouble  is  with 
£he  Stills  ,  and  furthernore  he  knows  that  they 
are  unsatisfactory. 

When  I  personally  found  out  that 
your  original  coils  were  absurdly  inadequate, 

1  immediately  got  busy  and  got  an  abundant 
oondensing  capacity  in  a  few  hours.  There¬ 
fore,  we  shall  not  need  your  coll. 

Your 8  very  truly. 

July  13th.  1915 

Ur.  Arthur  C.  Sablar, 

1124  Olive  Street, 

St.  XtOUlB ,  Mo. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  8th  Instant 
has  heen  reoelved,  and  In  reply  I  hag  to 
say  that  nobody  can  produce  good  piano 
records  on  a  phonograph. 

Che  trouble  Is  not  In  the  phono¬ 
graph,  but  In  the  piano  Itself ,  and  T  am 
constantly  experimenting  to  erradlcate 
the  defects  In  It. 

Mr.  Kunkel  will  probably  not 
understand  this,  but  It  Is  true  nevertheless. 

Yours  very  truly, 


July  13th.  1915. 

General  Electric  Company, 

Purchasing  Department, 

Schenootady,  K.  Y. 


I  am  in  reoeipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  10th  instant ,  ana  in  reply  beg  to  say 
that  we  do  not  manufacture  the  so-oalled 
Carbolic  Acid  you  mention,  which  is  not  Car¬ 
bolic  Acid  at  all,  but  a  mixture  of  Cresols. 

The  Barrett  Manufacturing  Company 
make  it  in  this  country,  and  a  large  amount 
of  it  is  imported  regularly  from  Hull,  England, 
at  the  present  ti*e. 

Yours  very  truly, 

ilr«  Stanley  Doggett , 

99  John  Street, 

Saw  York  City. 

Sear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  9th 
Instant,  enclosing  a  letter  from  the  Millville  Manu¬ 
facturing  Company,  in  which  they  complain  that  the 
Aniline  Oil  which  we  shipped  them  contained  &jk  Hit ro- 

Sill  you  kindly  ascertain  how  th qy  test 
it  for  Sitrobonsol  and  advise  me.  We  use  Merck's 
test  and  have  tested  every  drum  shipped,  it)  the  past 
thraa  weeks.  We  feel  sure  the  Aniline  Oil  contains 
no  Witrohenzol. 

As  per  request,  I  am  enclosing  their 

letter  herewith.  _ 

Yours  varjJ^vlfj 


July  14th.  1915. 

Mr.  Eater  Newton, 

Aeolian  Hall, 

New  Yorh  City . 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  Blxth  Inst  wit  has 
been  received,  end  In  reply  we  hag  to  e&y  that 
we  are  not  yet  satisfied  with  th.9  resalts  we  have 
obtained  in  our  recording  of  the  piano,  and  will 
not  record  piano  selections  until  we  have  advanced 
more  than  at  present. 

When  we  are  ready,  we  will  he  glad  to  note 
a  trial  feoord  of  the  yourig  people. 

Yours  very  tiuly, 

Sdlson  laboratory. 

July  15th.  1< 

Monsanto  Chemical  Works, 

Saint  Louis ,  Mo, 


I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  12th  instant,  and  am  sorry  to  say  I  sold 
all  my  Toluol  early  in  the  game,  and,  there¬ 
fore,  cannot  mate  a  trade. 

July  17th.  1915, 

Mr.  Claude  H.  Opdyke , 

%  woodward  Iron  Company, 


Dear  Sir: 

For  some  time  past  the  reports  from  my 
Benzol  Plant  at  Johnstown,  Pa.  have  "been  a  puzzle 
to  me,  and  I  have  worked  on  several  schemes  with 
'r.  Bacon,  which  did  not  work  out  satisfactorily, 
jy.a  last  idea,  however,  seems  to  Bring  out  the  facts, 
a.-  the  reports  follow  in  sequence  from  one  day  to 
the  next,  and  each  report  Balances,  and  shows  the 
losses  and  what  is  actually  on  hand. 

I  am  enclosing  one  of  Bacon's  reports, 
which  please  ptudy  out  carefully  and  take  as  a  model 
for  your  guidance  in  your  reports  hereafter. 

Please  return  Bacon's  report  to  me. 

Yours  very  truly. 

July  19th.  1915 

Mr.  Alex  B.  MacDonald, 

Saline,  Bienville  Parish, 


Dear  Sir: 

I  ®  In  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  ISth  instant,  and  heg  to  say  that 
the  song  publishers  object  to  our  sending 
out  printed  forms  of  the  songs  with  our 
records . 

We  try  to  have  singers  whose 
every  word  is  understood. 

Yours  very  truly. 

0  77 

July  19$h.  1915 

T.  Commerford  Martin,  Kaq. 

Ratiijna1  Electric  light  Association, 
29  West  39th  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Martin: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your 
favor  of  the  15th  Instant,  and  would  say 
in  reply  I  recommended  that  the  Secretary 
ask  the  eight  large  Societies  to  each  fur¬ 
nish  two  man,  to  he  obtained  by  a  mail  vote 
of  all  its  members.  Then  we  will  get  the 
pick  of  the  country. 

Yours  very  truly. 


July  19th.  1915. 

Dr.  D.  D.  Murray, 

Duluth,  Minn . 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
14th  inBtant,  and  would  8 ay  that  your  suggestion 
is  fine,  and  I  have  sent  it  to  Brisbane  of  the 
Uew  York  Evening  Journal  to  pusli  it. 

Yours  very  truly, 


July  20th,  1915, 

Arnold  Print  Works, 

Korth  Adams  ,  Hass. 


I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  17th  instant,  and  would  say  in  reply  that 
what  you  hoar  is  newspaper  talk.  X  have  a 
plant  for  manufacturing  approximately  3500 
pounds  of  Aniline  Oil  daily.  I  also  manufacture 
Paranltraniline ,  Acetanilia  and  Paraphenylene- 
diaaiine.  I  have  two  plants  which  manufacture 
Carbolic  Acid  and  three  Benzol  plants. 

I  will  not  make  dyes,  as  I  only  wont 
into  the  chemical  game  to  help  out  some  of  n^r 
friends,  and  when  the  war  is  all  over  the  Germans 
me  up. 

Yours  very  truly. 

will  do 


July  20th.  1915. 

Mr.  Julian  S.  Bryan, 

Montclair,  H.  J. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
16th  instant,  and  would  say  X  think  something 
in  this  line  should  he  worked  up,  especially 
in  Chemistry. 

Yours  very  truly. 

July  20th.  1915. 


Ur.  F, award  Hums  ley. 

The  Sven  Lug  'Mail , 

203  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City. 

Hy  dear  Hr.  Hums  ley: 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  17th  instant,  and  v/ould  say  that  your 
plan  is  the  sane  that  1  propose.  I  gave  an 
interview  to  Colliers'  man  nometime  ago,  and 
it  should  appoar  soon. 

Your  plan  is  0.  K.,  except  I  would 
k.iop  the  shop  closed  and  greased  up,  buying  from 
private  concerns  in  normal  times. 

Yours  very  truly. 


July  21st.  1915, 

Ur.  W.  H.  Slgee, 

Coeur  D'Alene,  Idaho. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  15th  Instant,  and  would  say  In  're¬ 
ply  that  you  have  entirely  misirnderstood. 
I  have  only  offered  my  services  to  assist 
the  American  Government  to  prepare  to  re¬ 
sist  invasion.  Are  you  against  it? 

Yours  very  truly. 

July  21s t.  1915. 

llr.  A.  B.  Humphrey,  Executive  Director, 

The  American  Peace  and  Arbitration  League  , 
Thirty-one  Nassau  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Six: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
19th  instant  advising  me  that  I  was  elected  a 
Vice  President  of  the  American  Peace  ana  Arbitra¬ 
tion  League,  and  wish  to  thank  you  very  much. 

I  appreciate  the  honor  you  have  be¬ 
stowed  upon  me  in  making  me  a  Vice  President  of 
your  League,  and  beg  to  accept  the  same. 


-y  truly, 

July  21st .  1915. 

Mr.  Joseph  A.  Zboyan, 

765  State  Street , 

Perth  Amboy ,  H  .  J  • 

Pear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  19th  instant,  and  in  reply  would  say  that 
the  ore  ran  from  one-half  to  one  per  cent  in 
pockets . 

My  advice  is  to  keep  out  of  it. 

Copper  is  only  in  pockets. 

Yours  very  truly. 


*;/  i 

July  23rd.  1916. 

My.  Stanley  Doggett , 
99  John  Street , 

New  York  City. 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  21st  instant,  and  hog  to  say  in  re¬ 
ply  that  1  have  sold  for  regular  delivery, 
12,000  pounds  weakly  of  Nitre  "benzol  at  30;! 
^or  conversion  "by  others.  1  have  capacity 
for  four  or  five  thousand  pounds  more  weekly. 

If  you  find  any  concern  who  has  a 
reducing  pot,  there  is  good  money  in  it .  ^ 
Yours  very  truly. 



July  23rd.  1915. 

Mr.  Stanley  Dogas tt . 
99  John  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir; 

X  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
21at  instant,  and  would  say  in  reply  that  I  shall 
not  sell  any  Aniline  Oil  below  thirty-five  cent3 
next  year,  probably  not  less  than  forty  cents  as 
I  can  turn  it  into  a  number  of  other  chemicals 
and  get  more  for  it. 

At  the  present  price  of  Acids,  Benzol  and 
other  things  as  well  as  labor,  thirty  cents  will 
be  a  losing  game  for  the  snail  plants/ 

Yours  very  truly, 

July  23rd.  1915 

T.  Cosunorford  Martin,  7!sq.. , 

29  T/eat  39th  Straat, 

;[«?■  York  City. 

Boar  Mr.  Martin: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  21st  instant,  and  would  say  that 
I  had  to  advl Berthe  Aeronautical  Society,. 
I  couldn't  very  well  tring  in  a  Glut.  I 
believe  the  two  are  going  to  form  another 
Society  of  Aeronautical  KnglneerB. 

Yours  very  truly, 

July  23rd .  1915. 

Dr.  H.  Schweitzer, 

117  Hudson  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Ky  dear  Hr.  Schweitseri 

I  leg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your 
favor  of  the  21st  instant,  enclosing  copy  of  H'r . 
Easchig’ s  patent  for  continuous  d. is t illation,  and 
heg  to  say  that  at  present  X  hwe  no  use  for  it, 
hut  I  see  that  ho  has  made  a  very  fine  improve¬ 
ment  over  Field’ a  method.  The  substitution  of  an 
easily  controlled  hut  variable  Vacuum  for  a  vari¬ 
able  heating  system.  Hifficult  of  control  makes 
this  idea  of  continuous  distilling  a  practical 


Yours  very  truly. 

July  23rd.  1915 

Ur.  li’am'hau  Yardley , 

Llewellyn  Park, 

West  Orange,  II.  J. 

friend  Yardley. 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  21st  instant,  and  would  say  that  I  made 
a  test  of  seven  different  kinds  of  pavement 
sections  forming  a  circle,  80  feet  in  diameter. 
I  used  an  arm  like  a  "Merry-go-round" ,  at  the 
end  of  which  was  a  five  ton  truck,  and  rum  it 
for  several  weeks.  Th>  Lest  and  most  lasting 
section  was  wooden  hlockB  heavily  creosoted, 
with  a  concrete  foundation. 

Yours  very  truly , 

July  28th.  1915. 

Prof.  Dugald  c.  Jaokson, 

Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology 
Boston,  Mass.  °  ’ 

My  dear  Prof.  Jaokson*. 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  kind  letter 
of  the  26th  instant,  and  in  reply  would  say 
that  if  the  Congress  comes  forward  and  votes 
for  an  experimental  laboratory,  the  Massachu¬ 
setts  Institute  of  Technology  would  be  of  immense 
value  in  working  out  certain  necessary  data,  and 
the  scholars  could  obtain  a  large  amount  of  ex¬ 

I  will  commuEiioate  with  you  later  when 
affairs  have  shaped  themselves. 

Yours  very  truly. 




July  EBth.  1915. 

Mr.  W.  A.  lobby, 

620  West  21 at  Avenue , 

Houston,  Tex. 

Bear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  19th  instant  has 
been  received,  and  in  rejsly  I  would  ask  you 
if  our  Country  was  invaded  should  we  fight 
for  our  homos.  If  we  are  to  fight,  the  more 
and  better  maohinery  we  bate,  the  less  will  be 
the  number  of  us  killed.  _ 

Yours  very  truly, 

-  - — mf  *  T  <  *  > 



July  29th.  1916. 

■.Mr.  James  W.  See, 

Hamilton,  Ohio. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
24th  instant ,  ana.  thank  you  for  the  same . 

We  intend  to  record  Borne  organ  music 
this  winter  and  will  look  up  the  West  Point  idea 
and  try  it  out. 

Yours  very  truly. 



July  29th.  19X8. 

Wm.  Zinsser  &  Company, 

195  William  Street , 

Hew  York  City. 


X  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  27th  mutant,  ana  In  reply  wouia  say  that 
the  caked  TH  la  all  right.  We  grind  It  anyway. 

We  should  want  the  thirty  thousand 
pounds  delivered  at  the  rate  of  about  fifteen 
thousand  pounds  a  month  after  September. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Ur.  John  Bacon,  Jr., 

'/>  Coke  Oven  Department, 

Cambria  Steel  Company, 

Johnstown,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  30th  ultimo  en¬ 
closing  letter  from  Ur.  Lyddon  has  been  re¬ 

If  their  Inspeotor  comes  up  again 
to  inspect  Toluol  without  our  having  sent  them 
the  regular  request,  you  had  better  ask  him  if 
he  has  received  the  regular  written  request. 

If  he  says  no,  you  had  better  tell  him  that  you 
have  to  receive  a  notification  from  the  offiwe 
first.  7/e  will  advise  you  whenever  we  send  a 
request  for  inspection. 

Please  do  not  ship  any  Toluol  unless 
we  give  you  specific  instructions  to  do  so. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  toMr.  Edison. 

Aug.  2nd.  1915. 

Mitsui  &  Company,  limited, 

25  Madison  Avenue, 

Hew  York  City. 

Attention  of  Mr.  Shunzo  fakakl. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 

29th  instant ,  and  in  reply  would  say  that  all 
the  Phenol  we  ship  you^will  he  as  good  as  sample 
tested  hy  l'akamina  laboratory*— 

a  Yours  v-eiy  truly,  " 

//\j§\ncr%  d  — ■" 


AUG.  2nd.  1915. 

Stein,  Hirsh  &  Company, 

61  Broadway, 

Haw  York  City. 


I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  30th  ultimo,  and  in  reply  would  say  that 
the  principle  reason  for  delay  is  the  failure 
of  the  Still  manufactured  hy  3.  B.  Badger  & 

Sons  Co.  of  Boston  to  he  delivered  in  time, 
and  to  perform  the  duty  that  it  should  perform 
according  to  our  contract  with  them. 

We  cannot  make  white  acid  free'  from 
iron  which  is  called  f  or  hy  Heyden  Chemical 
Company  for  making  Salicylic  Acid. 

After  waiting  on  S.  B.  Badger  &  Company 
to  make  good  ana  being  hopeless  that  they  couia 
do  bo,  I  have  talmncharge  of  the  Still  myself  and 
am  compelled  to  discard  l/3  of  it  substituting 
copper  parts  to  keep  the  iron  out  of  the  Acid. 

These  changes  should  he  ready  latter 


Lira.  John  0,3-noy. 

31  Wajifle?--?-  ^nue , 

Plttsflsl*.  »&«• 

Dear  Madam: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 

of  the  ?3rd  ultimo,  and  in  reply  w  ould  say 

that  it  was  in  July  or  August,  1878.  I 
remember  you  and  your  mother,  the  Concord 
stage ,  the  lady  and  the  handsome  preacher 
who  were  exciting  cur  curiosity. 

Yours  very  truly. 

August  3rd.  1916, 

Ur.  Frederic  k.  Whiting, 

Ogunquit ,  Maine. 

My  dear  Mr.  Whiting: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  28th  ultimo,  aid  in  reply  would  a  ay  that 
I  have  seen  the  VocaLion  publication,  which 
iB  pure  advertising  fakery . 

You  are  mistaken  somewhat  about  the 
variation  in  quality  between  the  different 
instruments  of  the  same  siae.  Where  you  notice 
a  difference  it  is  because  either  the  dealer 
has  not  set  it  up  properly  or  it  makes  more  than 
80  revolutions  p>er  minute,  or  the  motor  is  nut 
properly  oiled,  or  the  horn  is  not  set  so  the 
reproducer  is  paralell  with  the  record,  or  the 
reproducer  ie  not  right . 

We  have  infinite  trouble  to  teaoh  the 
dealers  how  to  set  up  and  adjust  instruments. 

I  would  like  to  have  the  address  of  your 
friend  and  neighbor  who  complains  of  the  S260,  and 
I  will  send  a  man  on  to  investigate. 

Yours  very  truly. 


August  4th.  1915. 

Mr.  Biohard  M.  Colgate , 

199  Pulton  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

My  dear  Mr.  Colgate: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  29th  ultimo,  and  would  say  that  I  have 
no  obJeotionB  to  signing  a  paper  restricting 
after  my  death. 

Hothing  would  please  me  better 
than  to  come  up  to  lake  Sunapee,  hut  I  sun  tied 
down  here,  and,  therefore,  it  is  impossible. 

'Yours  very  truly. 

General  Letterbook  Series 
Letterbook,  LB-106  (1915) 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  August-September  1915.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison  and  William  H.  Meadowcroft.  Many  items  pertain 
to  Edison's  benzol  absorbing  plants  and  other  chemical  manufacturing 
interests  and  to  business  conditions  during  World  War  I.  A  few  documents 
concern  his  sale  of  toluol  to  the  British  government.  Additional 
correspondence  relates  to  the  technical  and  commercial  development  of 
phonographs  and  recordings.There  are  also  references  to  Edison  s  cement 
and  storage  battery  businesses.  The  correspondents  include  motion  picture 
executive  J.  Stuart  Blackton,  storage  battery  investor  Arthur  I.  Clymer,  and 
publisher  and  longtime  Edison  associate  Richard  R.  Bowker. 

The  spine  is  stamped  "Letters"  and  is  marked  "T.A.E.  from  Aug  4  1915 
To  Sept  25  1915."  The  number  "44"  also  appears  on  the  spine.  The  book 
contains  700  numbered  pages  and  an  index.  Approximately  10  percent  of  the 
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August  5th . 

nuniuoR  Piano  Company, 
linni!ll  Portage  Awenue. 

Winnipeg.  ttatu 

Gentleman;  f 

1  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 

the  30th  Ultimo,  and  in  reply  would  say  that 

L  singing  we  suppress  the  instrusmntaiso^ 

.L.M.  «»  «>*».  01  W,W“ 

Whm  we  increase  uns 

V  it  is  difficult  to  get  more  than 
al,  too  much,  it  wa  aye  ooa_ 

one  of  the  three  maflter3  "  0V9r  t*l8 

.ttrtw  .xp.n».<*WS  “a  'W 

trouble.  caution  and 

I  will  get  the  music  you  mentio 

809  wtet  can  be  done.  *or  funeral  purposes  the 

*  rooer  The  Funeral  March 
tempo  will  be  made  proper. 

o„.pW-  ^  ^  slw,  bW4  ,»  ».«».  «m- 

»d  “■*  “ 

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Mona ant o  Chemical  Company, 

St.  Ionia,  Mo. 


1  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  third  instant,  and 
in  reply  would  say  that  you  oomplained  of  the  quality  of  the  Phenol 
which  we  shipped  you.  About  the  time  of  your  complaint,  we  had  or¬ 
dered  a  Vacuum  Still  of  forty-five  hundred  pounds  daily  capacity 
from  E.  B.  Badger  A  Sons  Company.  Boston,  Mass.,  and  wrote  you  that 
when  we  had  the  Still  in  operation,  we  expected  the  Phenol  to  he  of 
hotter  quality,  hut  E.  B,  Badger  &  Sons  Company  fell  down  on  deliver¬ 
ing  time.  After  the  Vaouum  Still  was  Started,  the  Phenol  was  color¬ 
ed,  and  we  have  had  to  change  a  number  of  parts.  The  Still  will  he 
running  next  week,  and  we  hope  it  will  give  you  the  quality  of  Phe¬ 
nol  you  want . 

We  have  never  reoeived  a  Bingle  complaint  from  any  of 
the  Chemical  Works,  even  E.  B.  Squihh  &  Sons,  Hew  York  City. 

We  could  have  delivered  all  the  Phenol  had  you  not  been 

so  strict . 

Yours  very  truly. 

August  loth.  1915. 

to.  C.  B.  Dtley, 
667  Main  Street! 
Buffalo,  H.  Y. 

t  aa  In  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
4th  instant,  nailing -attention  to  the  matter  of 
the  two  1-850  maohines  which  have  Been  marred 
through  their  use  hy  our  Demonstrators.  I  am 
sorry  to  learn  that  you  have  not  received  more 
prompt  attention,  hut  as  our  Demonstrators  are 
usually  so  prompt  in  their  dealings,  I  feel  that 
there  must  'be  some  reason  for  it.  I  have  started 
an  investigation,  and  will  see  to  it  that  you  re¬ 
ceive  early  attention  on  this  matter. 

Yours  very  truly. 



1  S  1  6 

Ur  a.  Karris  ebreinka, 

4255  Llndell  Boulevard, 

St.  Louie.  Ho.. 

Leer  Kadsm:- 

Tour  record  and  prints  at 
taitd  and  1  return  the  same,  it 
la  very  difficult  to  Judge  of 
a  singers  voice  by  the  record 
you  send. 

Should  you  happen  to  be  in 
Hew  York  at  any  time  in  the 
future  we  would  make  e  trial  record 
of  your  voice. 


Hr.  an.H.Meadowcroft, 
Edison  Laboratory, 
Heet  Orange, 

14  ew  Jeraay. 


Anniston  Knitting  Mills  Company, 
Anniston,  Ala. 


Y0nr  favor  of  the  5th  instant  has  hew  received. 

In  reply  let  me  say  that  it  is  impossible  to  state 
whan  I  can  make  deliveries  of  Aniline  Oil  beyond  that  called  for 
on  my  present  contracts.  Hence,  I  ow^ot  quote  you  a  figure, 
as  it  Is  practically  impossible  to  get  Acids  at  any  price.  The 
average  pride  of  all  my  contracts  is  52jt  per  pound. 

I  understand  that  the  Ceneral  Chemical  Company  will 
start  their  Aniline  Plant  soon,  but  I  understand  that  all  the 
■p'nrtm  TvraBan*  plant  has  teen  sold.  I  haliava  they 
Sl?2v?S£  erte?sio»nofPthis  plant  in  operation  in  October, 
and  they  may  be  abl»  to  supply  your  wants. 

I  thin*  the  Cambria  Steel  Company  at  Johnstown,  Pa. 
has  lust  started  a  plant  for  making  Aniline  Oil,  and  I  would 
suggest  that  you  write  them.  I  believe  there  is  also  a 

Perth  Amboy  B.  J.  who  expeots  to  start  up  an  Aniline  Plant 
£  ?hf near  future.  His, name  is  P.  May.  Another  is  the  Mid¬ 
vale  Chemical  Company,  Elizabeth,  N.  J.  -  - 

Yours  very  truly. 

August  13th.  1915. 

fr.  John  Bacon,  Jr., 

Edison  Benzol  Plant, 

Johnstown,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

We  have  reoeived  word  from  the  American  Oil  &  Supply 
Company  that  on  the  last  shipment  of  Solvent  Naphtha,  soma  of 
the  plugs  in  the  heads  of  the  diums  ware  not  screwed  up  tightly 
enough  oefore  the  drums  were  shipped,  and,  therefore,  there  was 
some  leakage.  Will  you  pleaBe  take  note  of  this  and  see  that 
all  pings  are  screwed  up  properly  in  shipments  of  anj  of  our  prod¬ 
ucts  . 

I  have  returned  from  vacation,  having  had  a  pleasant 
time  and  a  good  rest.  I  had  your  reports  sent  to  me  regularly 
while  1  was  away,  and  I  sea  you  are  doing  very' feilo .  Prom  your 
last  report,  I  notice  that  you  are  accumulating  Benzol,  Toluol 
and  Solvent  Naphtha,  and  am  glad  to  see  it. 

When  you  are  getting  close  to  3,000  gallons  of  Toluol 
1  will  send  a  Request  Por  Inspection  to  Col.  Phipps  and  leave  him 
send  his  inspector  up.  I  will  leave  it  to  yon  to  notify  me  when 
to  make  this  Request  Por  Inspection. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edits 

August  loth.  1915. 

Your  file  E88-C. 

Ur.  B.  B.  it.  Carpenter,  Director, 
Development  Department, 
s.  I.  Da  Pont  De  M amours  Powder  Co., 
Wilmington ,  Del. 

Dear  Sir* 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  fifth  Instant  asking  whether  or  not 
1  expect  to  have  the  foluol  of  my  Johnstown 
Plant  on  the  market  for  dSliveiy  over  the 
twelve  months  of  next  year. 

In  reply  let  me  say  that  my  oon- 
traot  extends  up  to  next  May.  Do  you  want 
to  huy  for  the  remainder  of  the  year  after 
that  time  Jr 

Yours  very  truly, 


August  luth.  1916. 

Mr.  lieorge  Darsie, 

6644  jrlfth  Avenue , 

Pittsburgh;'  Pa.  .  y; 

Saar  Sir: 

^r;  Por'd  has  forwarded  to  me  a  copy  of  your  letter  to 
him  of  July  17th,  which  of  itself  serves  as  an  introduction. 

let  ine  any  in  reply  that  we  are  all  the  time  seeking 
for  voioes  for  making  phonograph  records,  ‘i'hey  are  not  hy  any 
means  as  easy  to  find  as  generally  supposed,  because  all  voices 
do  not  record  well,  no  matter  how  fine  they  may  be  for  opera, 
concert,  or  parlor  work. 

We  shall  be  very  glad  indeed  to  take  a  trial  record 
of  Mrs.  Parsie's  singing  as  soon  as  our  Heoording  laboratory 
opens  up  again  for  work.  'l'hiB  will  be  about  September  first, 
and  1  shall  request  Mr.  Miller,  the  manager  of  that  Department 
to-get  into  communication  with  you  as  soon  as  he  returns  from 

Tours  very  truly. 

August  11th.  1915. 

Mr.  Will  Halts  in,  Sao’y.. 

Worth  Dakota  State  Commission, 

Panama-Pacific  International  Exposition, 

Worth  Dakota  State  Building, 

San  Praholsco,  Cal. 

Door  Sir: 

I  hag  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your 
favor  of  the  29th  ultimo,  which  has  given  me 
muoh  gratification.  I  want  to  thank  you  for  your 
kind  words  of  appreciation  of  the  Diamond  Disc 
Phonograph.  After  the  many  years  of  hard  work 
that  I  have  given  to  the  perfection  of  this  In¬ 
strument  and  reaords,  it  affords  me  a  great  deal 
of  pleasure  to  leain  that  I  have  pleased  those  who 
are  lovers  of  good  music. 

I  am  greatly  pleased  to  read  what  you  say 
about  Miss  Waeden,  because  I  have  heard  that  she 
is  doing  soma  fine  work  in  helping  to  bring  the 
new  Phonograph  to  the  attention  of  the  public  in 
a  pleasing  and  acceptable  manner. 

Tours  very  truly. 

August  17,  1915. 

D«uti»efa«  Bdisan  Akkumulatoren  Co., 

Bronthelaerstr.  35-33, 

20.  Germany. 


Your  letters  of  January  7th.  and  June  13th 
regarding  the  royalties  due  for  the  year  ending 
December  1914  and  for  the  first  quarter  1915  on 
stsrage  batteries  received. 

In  reply  thereto,  Mr.  Xdlson  desires  me 
to  say  that  yon  had  better  hold  the  money  for  him 
antil  affairs  have  reached  a  more  normal  condition. 

Tours  very  truly. 


'  / 


August  13th.  1915. 

Ur.  S.  B.  StettiniuB , 

Export  Department, 

J.  P.  Morgan  S:  Company, 

23  Wall  Street , 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  teg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
9th  instant  enclosing  an  original  letter  from  lord  Moulton, 
for  which  please  accept  my  thanks. 

Prom  a  perusal  of  your  letter,  I  thitik  you  have 
assumed  that  the  Toluol  X  have  furnished  is  a  synthetic  art¬ 
icle,  as  you  ask  whether  I  would  he  willing  to  make  some 
arrangement  with  the  British  Government  for  the  use  of  my  pro¬ 
cess.  If  such  is  your  assumption,  I  am  obliged  in  the  cause 
of  truth  to  say  that  it  is  not  correct.  The  Toluol  which  I 
am  supplying  to  the  British  Government  under  my.toontract  is 
obtained  in  the  regular  manner  from  the  coal  gases  from  coke 
ovens . 

In  reply  to  your  inquiry  as  to  whether  I  can  furn¬ 
ish  further  supplies  of  Toluol  to  the  British  Government,  let 
f  me  say  that  I  have  none  to  offer.  My  entire  output  of  Toluol 

P  until  May  1st,  1916  is  taken  up  on  my  present  contract  with 

the  British  Government,  and  I  have  no  other  sources  of  'supply. 

I  Yours  v 

■ery  truly, 

August  18th. 

Mitsui  &  Company,  limited, 

25  Madisen.  Avenue,. 

Ben  Tort  City  . 

Attention  of  Mr.  Sftunao  Takaki^. 

Bear  Six; 

Baferring  to  your  favor  of  tho 
aith  instant  in  r  agar  a  to  Toluol  for  the 
Haroulos  Powder  Company,  I  "beg  to  say  that 
the  three  arrangements  which  you  outlined 
therein  will  receive  oux  attention.  I  have 
sent  a  copy  of  your  latter  to  Mr.  Opdyke  at 
the  Woodward  Plant  calling  hia  special  atten¬ 
tion  thereto  and  asking  him  to  he  sure  ana 
attend  to  these  matters  in  exact  accordance 
with  your  wishes. 

Be gar ding  your  request  to  give 
the  privilege  of  communicating  hy  telegraph 
direct  with  our  Plant  at  Woodward,  Mr.  Edison 
says  there  is  no  objection  to  their  doing  so. 
*  I  will  notify  Mr.  Opayke  of  this  also. 

Yours  very  truly, 

A3Sistant  to  Mr.  Edis'bn. 

Augutt  18th.  191^' 


August  18th.  191*. 

Spencer  Miller,  , 

96  Liberty  Streat , 

Saw  Tort  City. 

Friend  Millar: 

Your  favor  of  tho  12th  Instant  was  resolved-,  and  I 
must  -ask  you  to  excuse  the  delay  In  reply.  1  have  been  busy 
day  and  night,  on  iny  new.  oharaloal  plants,  and  my  mall  Is  some¬ 
what  delayed. 

I  am  trying  to  arrange  matters  so  that  there  will  be 
no  moetlngs  of  a  Board  to  waste  the  time  of  busy  men. 

The  Secretary  of  the  Ifavy  says  he  can  get  Congress 
to  vote  money  to  erect  a  large  Besearch  works,  to  be  In  charge 
of  officers  designated  by  the  Secretary..  In  the  course  of  their 
work,  these  officers  will  ask  the  different  members  of  the  Ad¬ 
visory  Committee,  by  mall,  how  to  get  over  the  difficulties  they 
are  certain  to  enoountor  from  their  lack  of  experience.  It  will 
be  Just  a  little  work  at  home  now  and  the,  and  a  pleasure  .for  we 
all  like  to  play  an  interesting  game,  especially  when  we  are  ex¬ 
pert  at  It. 

Yours  vary  truly, 

August  18th.  1916. 

Mr.  Simon  ff.  Ward-well, 

P.  0.  Box.  1463. 

Providence,  P..  I. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  11th  Instant 
has  lean  received,  and  I  have  read  the 
poem  which  you  Icindly  sent  me.  It  is  very 
fine  and  contains  lots  of  tiuth. 

If  Congress  votes  for  an  Experi¬ 
mental  Department  after  the  Advisory  Com¬ 
mittee  is  organized,  we  will  all  get  a  ohance 
to  give  Uncle  Sam  something  new  with  which 
to  fight  any  invader.  —  ' 

Yours  very  tikly. 

August  80th.  1915 

Mr.  3.  p.  Bradstreet-, 

601  Gerke  Buildings 
Cincinnati,  Ohio. 

Dear  Mr.  Bradatreat: 

I  have  received  yours  of  the  11th 
Instant,  which  I  read  with  a  good  deal  of  Interest, 
and  for  which  I  leg  yon  will  accept  my  thanks . 

let  me  say  In  reply  that  Johnson 
most  have  got  things  mixed.  1  was  not  discharged, 
hat  left  Cincinnati  to  take  a  job  at  Louisville. 
Johnson,  was  a  very  f  ine  man ,  much  above  the  opera-  ' 
tor.  type,  and  exceedingly  loyal  to  the-  Company . 
Yours  very  truly. 


August  20th.  1915- 

2^  Stafford  Horthcote, 
^5  3fyan8tot  Street, 
load an,  W.« 

of  the  27th -alt Ilia,  in  Ijegard  to  the  -pro- 
f  erred  shares  of  the  Sdiaon  Portland  Cement 

let  me  say  for  your  Information 
that  for  the  last  ten  yaar*tiiere  has  ha  an  a 
price  war  for  -existence  sittongr  the  cement 
Compahias,  and  many  of  them  have  gone  into 
bahfcrnptcy.  So  'far  as  our  Company  is  opn- 
oerned  we  have  JUSt -managed  to  heap  *liye 
with  our  plant  intent,  and  if  remunerative 
prices,  fahioh  we  think  are  coming)  ,  do_ 
arrive’  the  shares  of  the  Company^jii lUfeeeo ffla 
salable • 

Yours :  veiy  truly-. 

August  20th.  1915 


1  801  n’uoh  pleased  to  renal™  „ 

our  now  piano  rooord  #6p?00.  ^  ^.-^J^****1**  °B 

Putting  oat  piano  records  at  this  tinBx  ^  a*°at 

“  lnBlat“*  «»*  i  ,  • '  "°a* h”*  *••» 

to  otaro...  uagt  thM  z  to  *“u  •’■PaM-Wln, 

“°o"rl,””a  1  ^  r„„;„‘;a  thi*  - 
001.0«l.„.  aw.  V  .u..  «*«,.  *Mt 

I»r.»rdto  tt.  8.«.tt.:,„„lMla 

I  hare  undo  as  „„  let  “  say  that 

y  aa  fire  records  with  different  o-mn 
pans  ire  sixers  hn+  t  groups  of  ax- 

a.  3«tl  *"  ""  fat  “**««««.  *0.  r.8nlt8. 

8  a  a  aiffiomt  propoel  tlon  to  paoora  pro. 
palnt  «  V”-  S«n  i.  no  tranU.  a,  .it  t0  rr 
*  ”"wa'  b"‘  «  *•  tb.  „  8ft.,.  *  f*  “* 

the  -sitters  r  ^  b0  trouble  is  with 

totfe  nte  those  put  otf  ^  ^  “*  "  r9°°rd  °*  **“  Sa*- 

la .  ...  p.J  *  ”  «^-«‘or,.  irhloh  am  fau  .f 

*a  I  «  aar  new  i^a-^^atl.... . 
To^s^rary  truly,  ^ 



AUG.  21st .  1915  . 

Ur.  J.  H.  Plummer ,  COEFI  D5HTIAIi . 

llount  Royal  Club, 

Uontreal,  Canada. 

Dear  Ur.  Plummer: 

Replying  toynxT  ielegrao  of  yesterday  ,  let  so  say 
that  the  American  Oil  &  Supply  Oo.  of  llewark,  who  are  dealers  in 
chomioals ,  acquired,  from  me  the  Contract  for  Carbolic  which  goes 
to  the  Hayden  Chemical  7; oris,  (nearby  here)  tc>  be  manufactured 
into  Salicylic  Acid,  Salol  and  other  chemioals.  I  was  not  aware 
until  a  few  days  ago  that  baoi  -of  the  American  Oil  &  Supply  Co. 
was  Sweitzer  of  tho  German  Bayer  Co.,  who  probably  furbished  the 
money,  while  this  is  good  speculation,  -  the  profits  being  very 
much  greater  than  If  made  into  Picric  Acid,  -  I  believe  it  was  a 
move  on  the  part  of  Germans  to  beep  ammunition  of  all  binds  away 
from  the  Allies . 

The  action  of  the  'English  in  spurning  Picric  Acid, 
etc.,  which  the  French  want,  when  for  a  snail  sum  they  (the  Eng¬ 
lish)  could  have  gotten  control  of  all  tho  supply  in  this  Country 
is  beyond  me.  I  think  that  before  »«-  months  pass  the  English  will 
want  it,  andJi'T.  it  will  be  too  late. 

Pit  Everything  they  can. 

Yours  vary  tn 


The  Germans  are  going  to 

2  ***.  ^ 

August  23,  1915. 

Mr.  S.  H.  Dorr, 

Standi ah  Worsts!  Oo., 

Plymouth,  MOseaohuastts. 

Saar  Sir:- 

Mr.  Mis  On  requeata  ua  to  Bay, 
la  reply  to  your  favor  4f  the  18th,  that  the  reoord 
ataloh  Mr.  3ohoflsl!  Mile  for  ua  was  only  a  trial 
reoorl  of  the  "Banjo  Song",  and  this  was  not  aooeptel 
tyMr.  JSdlBon,  as  it  did  not  conform  to  his  standard. 

Yoora  very  truly, 

Aug.  23,  1915, 

Mr.  Edward  Prisser, 
Vaouurn  Oil  Company, 
#61  Broadway ,  B.Y.C. 

Bear  Mr.  Priser:- 

I  bag  to  acknowledge 
reoeipt  of  your  favor  of  the  19th  inst.,  and 
to  extend  to  you  ny  thanks  for  your  kind  offer 
to  allow  me  to  send  a  representative  to  sea 
how  you  have  worked  out  the  problem  of  separat¬ 
ing  all  deleterious' matter  from  your  waste  water. 

I  will  send  on  one  -of 
our  men  to  investigate  this  process  as  we  need 
it  badly. 

Yours  very  truly," 


Mr.  W.  H.  Miller , 
o/o  T.A_Edison,Ino 
#79  Fifth  ATS nus , 
New  York  City.  ' 

Dear  Sir:- 

Enclosed  I  beg  to  hand  you  a  letter 
from  Mr,  and  Mrs.  George  Darsie  in  regard  to  making 
trial  records. 

Let  me  say  for  your  information 
that  these  people  were  referred  to  us  through  Mr.  Henry 
Ford,  and  I  hare  promised  to  hare  trial  records  made 
and  sent  orer  to  Mr.  Edison  for  his  hearing.  Will  you 
take  partioular  note  of  that? 

Will  you  please  write  Mr.  Darsie  in 
aooordanoe  with  the  letter  handed  you  herewith,  making 
an  appointment  for  triai  reoords  when  they  are  in  the 
rioinity  of  New  York.  I  hare  already  distinctly  said 

that  we  do  not  pay  the  expenses  of  Singers  ooming  to  make 



Yours  rery  truly , 


August  2 6th,  1916 . 

Mas are  P.  W.  Myers  &  Co. 

Bouse s  Point, 


Gentlemen:-  .  _  . 

Herewith  I  hog  to  hand  yon  two  Knnifeet  hoi 

jotry  fox-a.  which  ».v.  hean  algn.d  and  awoxn  to..  One  of 
«...  la  fox  a  oox  of  Bento!  axxlvi.g  0.1,  191E-  ”1'“ 

SMW.00.  and  th.  oth.x  fox  .  tnx  of  Benzol  arriving  *»«"* 

16th,  1915,  value  $2396.  25. 

I  ..  forwarding  th.o.  to  yon  amyl,  h.onno. 

,h.y  wore  hex.  fox  axo.ntion.  ■*  -  -  —*  *  " 
xaqnoat  a.  to  films  «  ”»  “  ****  «***'’ 

done  about  them.  All  I.  want  to  Impress  upon  you  is 
..  .no.  .«»  doing  anything  that  will  Lad  to  a  «*>««. n 
of  the  tronhle  we  have  inonrr.d  thxnngh  «>«•  »*“«**• 
ntlon  of  the  one  C.x  of  Bentol. 

lo  I  understood  yonx  ax.  Kyex.  and  ax. 

Stxouao  wh.n  w.  had  onx  oonf.x.n.e  a  few  *ay.  1  "*» 

etill  make  my.xtatlono  of  Bento!  ««hont  falling  into  an, 

further  tronhle  on  «»«■■*  •* 

yro.  what  yon  then  told  ...  »  h.lelv.  the  yrooeedux.  i.  to 
file  the  customary  entxy  at  inxoioe  vain,  and  to  file  al.o 
or  ts.  nans  tin.  a  X-tneat  for  .ryx.i.e.ent  .0  that  I  oan 
w  duty  fin  th.  appraised  vain,  of  mv.l.e  v.lne. 

Is  this  correct  ? 

Tours  varytr^y>£' 



Aug. 25 (1915. 

Mr.  Edward.  J.  Mo  Cullen. 
Assistant  Circuit  Attorney, 
Saint  Louis,  Missouri. 

Lear  Sir:- 

1  tog  to  acknowledge  reoeipt  of 
your  favor  of  «*  a^LTk'SSh 


*“ 1 

I  am  not  quite  satisfied  yet  wi* 
our  piano  glalTo  le^rn,  however, 

ir^AiiiTui  ir1 

zut'sxffz  kts-2  s— • 

of  the  seleotlon 

Thanking  you  for  W,  “gfeB?l2. 
»Bgeria«,  whioh  I  will  get,  I  re- 

Yours  very  trulyr  ^ 



August  26th,  1915 . 

utr.  J.  H.  Plummer, 

Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co. 

Toronto,  Canada. 

Dear  Ur.  Plummer:-  from  jour  tl  mUlok  tl.  D.  S. 

olosl"E  r“ 

Of  his  letter  reads  as  follows. 

matter  is  adjusted. 

I  protest  against  this  most 

empatically  as  there  is  absolutely  ot  trouble  . 

stopping  shipments  ^*9a°*ireiy  avoid  the  trouble 
in  future  shipments.  contract^rics ,  hut  when 

g:  WW' 

claltoaetjPtho  Colt.a 

States .  j  „  a.sar.1  ty ».  H'thlftS. 

Attorney  that  this  is  the  stop  importation 

is  no  reason  in -^-MeBcan  be  properly  taken  careOu. 

aa  the  matter  of  ^  ahU  therefore  and  have 

+o  shin  to  me  as  usual,  as  i  n« 
your  plant  prepare  to  ship 

the  Bonzdl .  j.  wlll  Bena  a  carbon  oory  o^  thi 

letter  to  Ur.  McHaughton. 

Yours  ve^trt^.  - 

Aug. 25 ,1915. 

American  Taper  &  Pulp  Association, 

No.  18  Bast  41at  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Gentlemen: - 

1  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  20th  inst.,  and  in  reply  would  say  that  at 
the  present  time  I  am  making  about  4000  pounds 
of  aniline  oil  dally,  hut  my  total  output  is 
all  sold  up  to  the  end  of  the  present  year. 

Any  further  expansion  of  output 
is  ohedked  hy  the  impossibility  of  obtaining 
aside.  The  Powder  people  have  bought  it  all  up, 
but  after  the  end  of  the  present  year  I  believe 
may  new  aoid  plants  will  be  in  operation,  and 
this  will  result  in  an  increased  output. 

It  is  expected  that  the  General  Chemical 
Company's  large  plant  for  the  manufacture  of  Aniline 
Qt\  will  shortly  be  in  operation,  let  me  add  for  your 
information  that  there  is  being  built  at  the  present 
time  on  the  Jersey  Meadows  a  very  large  plant  for  mak¬ 
ing  all  kinds  Of  dyes.  X  believe  Butterworth  and 
Judson,  60  Wall  Street,  New  York,  acid  manufacturers, 

oan  give  you  information  about  this.  - -y 

A.H.  Yours  very  /brute,, 



Mr.  M.  S.  Tribuno,  &  Garrish, 

#412  W.  13th  St., 

Haw  York  City. 

Sear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  o f  year 
favor  of  the  Slat  inet . .  and  would  aay  in 
reply  that  we  make  only  oartoolio  acid,  bat 
all  of  oar  oatpat  ±e  already  sold  up  to 
the  end  of  the  present  year.  We  do  not  make 
any  piorio  aoid. 

Tour  Italian  Friends  are  not 
up-to-date.  If  they  expect  to  get  supplies 
of  pierio  acid  from  this  ooantry,  they  Will 
have  to  move  quickly,  as  the  Germane  hre  buying 
up  all  the  raw  materials. 

fours  very  truly. 


Mr.  T.  Commerford  Martin,  Secretary, 
national  Electric  Light  Association, 

No.  20  West  Thirty -Ninth  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Hy  dear  Ur.  Martin: - 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  re¬ 
ceipt  of  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  26th  inBt.,  and 
it  gives  me  a  good  deal  of  pleasure  to  say  that  Mr. 
Edison’s  eyes  were  not  seriously  Injured  by  the  aooi- 
dent  reported  in  the  papers.  1  happened  in  at  the 
Plant  just  a  minute  after  it  had  ooourred,  in  fact, 
while  he  was  washing  out  his  eyes.  Of  course,  at  the 
moment  they  were  giving  him  a  good  deal  of  pain,  but 
I  waited  a  few  moments  and  then  he  said  in  his  usual 
way  "Well,  Meadoworoft,  what  oan  I  do  for  you?"  Then, 
we  went  on  to  discuss  some  business  matters  about  which 
I  had  gone  over  tothe  Plant  to  see  him.  A  little  while 
after  that  he  went  home  to  change  his  clothes,  for  they 
were  a  sight.  He  resumed  work  during  the  Evening  and 
has  been  at  work  ever  since.  He  oertainly  is  a  wonder- 

So  far  as  I  know  they  have 

fixed  upon  October  2lst  as  "Edison  Day"  out  at  the  Ex¬ 
position,  but  1  think  that  Mr.  MoManis  at  the  Lamp 
Works  could  tell  you  aoourately.  I  really  do  not  know 
whether  he  will  go  out  to  San  Francisco  or  not. 

1  rather  regret  to  learn  that 
you  could  not  manage  to  get  a  regular  vacation.  I  simply 
had  to  get  away  for  a  while,  for  the  last  ten  months 
have  been  the  moat  strenuous  ones  in  my  life,  and  I  was 
afraid  that  I  might  have  soma  sort  of  a  break-down  if  I 
attempted  to  go  on  without.  Of  oourse,  X  had  to  lay  a 
lot  of  elaborate  plans  for  the  continuance  of  my  part 
of  the  work  during  my  absence,  but  it  oame  out  all  right. 

There  is  a  strenuous  Fall  and 

Winter  before  me. 

It  is  a  lucky  thing  for  you 
that  you  have  the  farm  to  go  to  so  that  you  can  change 


Mr-  T.  Commerford  Martin, 


Aug. 27th, 1915 

off  for  a  few  hours  during  your  hard  work.  X  have  so 
little  idea  of  means  to  read  two  thousand  pag 
of  proofs,  and  you  have  my  sinoere  sympathy. 

Witii  kindest  regards,  I  remain, 
Tours  very  truly. 


August  28th,  1915. 

Mme .  Alloa  Verlet, 

220  West  98th  St. 

Haw  York  City,  IT,  Y. 

Daar  Madame  Verlet ;- 

I  am  much  complimented  by  your  kind, 
latter  and  the  two  photographs,  all  of  which  ware 
received  this  morning.  It  was  very  good  of  you 
to  remember  my  ranuent  and  T  thank  you  sincerely 
for  the  photograph  which  you  have  so  kindly  auto¬ 
graphed  for  me.  I  shall  send  the  other  one  to 
i>r.  Cerrish,  and  I  know  he  will  he  greatly  deligh- 
ed  for  he  is  one  of  your  enthusiastic  admirers. 

You  will  he  rejoiced  to  learn  that 
Llr.  Edison's  accident  did  not  result  seriously, 
and  I  am  glad  to  say  his  eyes  are  all  rignt.  He 
was  ah la  to  resume  work  a  few  hours  after  the 

accident.  j  showed  your  lattarV.r.  Edison, 

■sod  ho  read  it  with  much  into rest.  He  wishes 

mo  to  say  that  he  is  willing  to  pay  the  5?d0.  for 
the  5000  letters ,  so  in  due  time  you  can  sand  the 
1113.  to  mo.  The  numbers  ana  names  of  your  records 
thus  far  issued  are  as  follows; 

82083-  Voci  di  primavera  (Alice  Varlet) 

82086-  Air  das  Bjoux  (Faust  Alice  Varlet. 
820B0-  Caro  Home  (Eigoletto)  Alice  Varlet. 
83032-  Barcarolle  (Talas  of  Hoffman)  Verlet  and 
iiatzenauor^  rigards  and  renews  a  thanks, 

I  remain 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison 


Your  favor  of  the  20th  Inst,  to  the 
Company,  has  been  handed  to  me.  I  your 

SffSTt IIZ  has8 fallen8"  of fV|°  but  SFf&TM.  sure 
it  is  not  due  to  the  quality  of  the  Blue  ^mberol 
Heoords.  It  is  true  that  f  ^“^^oorl!  ,  but 

we ° have  ^^wfletfers  complimenting  us  upon  the 
better  quality  of  the  Blue  Amberol, 

The  greatest  trouble  in  the  whole 
Phonograph  business  today  a.3  of^ed r°maohineQ.  In  one 
lie  aB  to  the  correct  ®P®.  .  find  out  why  people 

special  inertisation  we  »Ja  ^Hhlt  in  thl  great 
had  ceased  to  buy  their  maohine  was  over 

t  “3  €?  ffsa  ».« 
»r.  X  XX.XXX?.  nu  ~»1«  “ 

„  to  tS.  IMXIW  Of  Reoords. 

wb  also  found  in  the  same  investiga¬ 
tion  that  Victor  teohinee  were  “ligation 

xxxxixx  s. as*  ~1”8- 

Yours  very  truly, 

August  3®J 

i,  1815 

Mrs.  M.  L.  Bullook, 

534  N.  2nd  Street, 

Memphis,  Tenn. 

Sear  Madam: 

I  have  reooived  your  favor  of  the  21st 
instant,  which  has  heen  read  with  a  good  deal  of 

Let  me  say  that  I  think  you  would  hatter 
keep  the  instrument  that  you  now  have  and  get  all  the 
pleasure  you  nan  out  of  it.  When  you  have  had  it  a 
year  or  two  you  oan  trade  it  in  without  paying  any  more 
than  you  have  to  pay  now,  and  then  you  would  have  the 
advantage  of  the  improvements  in  style  of  satinet,  whioh 
are  aura  to  he  made.  She  mechanism,  or  motor,  is  the 
same  in  your  instrument  as  in  those  of  higher  price, 
accept  that  the  amplifier  in  the  latter  may  he  larger, 
yours  very  truly. 


August  30th,  1916 

Ur.  Charles  D.  Sat oh, 

451  Summit  Avenue, 

Redlands,  Calif. 

Bear  Sir 

X  have  reoelved  your  favor  of  the 
lOth  instant,  which  has  been  read  with  a  great  deal 
of  interest,  and  I  want  to  thank  you  for  it. 

X  have  shown  the  letter  to  Mrs.  Edison 
and  she  says  that  she  remembers  Urs.  Sat  oh  and  wishes 
me  to  have  you  oonvey  her  regards  to  her. 

Yours  very  truly, 

l.M'fc'vK  cvv-.v 



August  30th,  19X6 

ICr.  Charles  D.  Hat  oh, 

461  Summit  Avenue , 

Hsdianap,  o^iif. 

Dear  Slr:- 

I  have  reoelvei  your  favor  of  the 
10th  ixmtwt,  which  happen  rjoad  8  «*e8t  4081 
of  interest,  ajad  I  wept  to  *£«*  y«»  for  it* 

I  have  shown  the  fetter  to  Mrs.  Baison 
ani  ahe  says  that  she  remembers  *rt.  tiatoh  and  wishes 

me  to  have  you  oonvey  her  yegand*  to  her.  . 

Your b  vflry  , 

IHiuf  f*'””  “  ‘34‘~’"w' 

-  Vilra  tf 

i.  oust  foil  to  Mil 

do lay  la  eata*e«aeaglBB  »«  weofco  past  ray  time 

letter  of  arpcto^lon.  *  very  largely  to  ray  new 

tsrs^si^  -  —  ■» 

correspondence  to  fall  i-at0  arr 

your  letter,  with  the  side  lights  thrown 
...  return  from  Maine, 

upon  it  hy  ur*.llQa4ovs^®Mfioation.  Being,  myself  *  a 
has  given  me  ®?£a  ny  sympathies  are  with  those 

great  lover  0*J00*J^®*  S0ratant  incentive  through  my 
5  the  same  mind,  ana  ^  „raph  has  been  to 

many  years,  of  harcl  "°r£  olfr e afl/ fins  muaio.  It 

feed  the  a°5X^h^L^S1^ttor7 and  from  many  others  which 
would  seem  from  your  ^t/?*  J“-ct  been  in  vain,  whioh 
1  reoeive  that  my  labors  ha^_  j^  thant  you  for  your  hind 

a? suns??  'sad  *  o  onmenda  ti  on ,  tfhieh  ex*.  greatly 


How  in  res^o  the 

up  with  ;r^.  Meadoworo.vt  ^  the  fiTQt  plaoe  toat  I 

statement  >  J?t  Qo  “‘'1  any  praotioal  use  of  the 

da  not  see  that  I  ena  ^timing”  record.  Aooord- 

i&ea  you  suggest  of  a  lB  not  one  parson  In- a 

<ng  to  our  experience,  .  a  reoord,  and  if  they  did 
thousand  that  would  huy  _  .  _  ^.Q  reguiate  the  instrument 
they  would  not  fcolte  the  P  realize  it,  tat  the  f sot  is* 
S^th/reJ^otpn  at^to  s®o  apeod  as  the  *honogra|h, 

: ... 

0„„ js  sMsaafts’s^  « 



Au  gas  t  31a!: 

and  persevsraiKi  o  euowgh  to  swoossd,  aid  you  are  reaping-, 
the  benefit,  Ohe  ci  fcbo  moat  emphatlo  of  our  Instrao- 
-tlnna  to  our  customers  la  about  the  regulation  cl*  aposil.* 
and  «'*  try  to  drive  the  point  homo  in  a  soore  of  different 
-/ays.  As  you  areawaro,  there  la  a  atop  pin  in  cor 
regulator  to  prevent  excessive  spaed,  but  yon  vril.l 
scarcely  pellev*  it  nhau.  I  tell  you  that  wo  have  actually 
found  on  investigation that  many  people  have  actually 
taken  these  atop  pins  but*  Heed  I  say  more? 

She se  things  sometimes  make  me ‘despair.  but 
on  the  other  hand  when  I  hoar  of  the  careful  ana  intelli¬ 
gent  oare  that  you  and  soma  others  give  to  the  instrument 
and  reoords,  I  am  onoouragod  to  go  on  and  try  for  still 
furtherand  higher  qualities.  When  my  now  hui.vding  iB 
finished,  I  hope  to  have  the  pleasure  nf  putting  out  some 
of  the  symphonies  and  sonatas  of  the  great  mas -ore. 

yours  very  truly., 

<^y^L<a  CX 

m  v  t'v  ^  ^ pf* Wm$  '  ' 

September  1,  1915 

.  B.  B.  Bowtwr , 

241  West  3Vth  Street, 

a,  Mr.  Boater.  ^  ^  Teoeive(l  your  favor  of  tt» 
rtl  „»*.  -*  * «»“* *“ 011  r”1  ll°il  t 

“ re8”4  *a  “’Xj—  «** 11 ”*  *"■ 

laat  «w  otho*-  anJ-  1 1  - 

"im”  ,  „  ww  *««*  *«>  “llolp"" 

«.  -  -  ““"...riTi  “  x  «» 

;r:x  — - --xr-  -• 

« «*■  * « — - 

w»  1  *““*  1  ,  rtall  «r«al»W  »  ««  * 

Spring  Bate  next 


September  1,  19X6 

Lora  Rlohard  Sevill, 

Government  House, 

Ottawa,  Canada. 

My  dear  sir: 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  reoelpt  of 
your  favor  of  the  25th  ultimo,  and  to  t han't  yotj  for 
your  oourteay  advising  me  of  thoir  Highnesses 
appreciation  of  the  Diamond  Dlao  Phonograph. 

Will  you  hlndly  say  to  the  Prlnaaaa 
Patricia  that  if  she  ever  oomea  to  Hew  fort:  I  hope  she 
will  be  sure  to  come  over  to  Orange  and  see  my  Labora¬ 

Yours  very  truly, 

September  1st,  1915. 

Ur.  Frederic  A.  Whiting, 
Ogunquit , 

Maine . 

Bear  Mr.  Whiting; 

I  heg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your 
recent  favors  which  I  have  read  with  a  great  deal  of 
interest . 

It  affords  me  much  gratification  to 
receive  your  good  opinion  of  piano  record  ho.  50,200. 
Having  lean  reluctant  to  launch  it  I  have  awaited 
reports  with  soma  interest.  I  am  experimenting  on 
piano  recording,  hut  as  thira  are  some  difficulties 
yet  to  -overcome ,  I  do  not  like  to  put  many  records 
out  until  I  get  them  right.  As  soon  as  I  am  satisfied 
we  will  record  some  fine  muBic  hy  high  grade  artists. 

I  want  to  call  your  attention  to  a 
had  part  in  "Ave  Maria",  where  octaves  are  played. 

!fhin  is  had.  I  have  proved  that  no  violinist  can  play 
octaves  without  dissonant  sounds.  No  one  would 
•believe  me  until  I  actually  proved  it  . 

I  would  ha  .glad  to  make  a  trial  record 
of  your  friend's  voice  if  he  is  ever^In  the  vicinity 
of  Hew  York.  In  that  oase,  ha  could  communicate 
with  my  Assistant,  Mr.  W.  H.  Meadowcroft,  at  h 
addrasB ,  who  would  make  the  arrangements  for  a  trial 
record . 

Yours  very  truly. 

September  3,  1915 

Mri  E;  H.  Johnson, 

$  Greenfield  Paper  Bottle  Co. , 
8  West  40th  Street, 

Dear  Ur.  Johnson: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the 
au.  ultimo  in  regard  to  your  young  violinist  friend, 
let  me  say  that  the  hast  way  to  Bring  him  to  Ur. 

Raison' s  notice  is  to  have  him  go  to  our  Recording  : 
Department.  #79  Fifth  Avenue  and  see  Hr.  «.  H. 

.  A  provide  all  facilities  for  mating 

the  Manager,  who  will  P  Edison 

a  test  record  ,  which  will  Be  sent  over 

“  '"““1  “» «.  n.  •  —  — — 

„  *.  wa».  — > »-  >«•  w1"”1  *  P”"“'  *° 




S.  W.  Myers  &  Oo. 
Bouses  Point, 

New  York. 

September  2nd,  1916 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  reoeipt  of  y«wr  favor 
of  tbe  27th  ultimo,  and  also  of  a  oopy  Of  the  tJ*  S. 

CustomB  tariff,  for  all  of  which  please  aooept  my  thanks. 

I  have  sent  a  popy  of  your  letter  to  the 
Dominion  Iron  (i  Steel  Company*  and  have  requested  them 
to  make  shipments  of  Benaol  to  me  via  Bouses  Point,  oo  that 
the  matter  can  receive  pPopor  attention. 

You  suggest  that  it  wight  be  well  for  me  to 
keep  in  close  touch  with  the  market  val**  of  Benzol.  I  do 
this  all  the  time,  but  you  foust  plcaae  bear  mind  that  I 
night  not  know  when  you  would  make  on  entry  for  me  eo  that 
I  oan  advise  you  in  time.  It  might  probably  be  well,  thero- 
an  lWl*y  «  >»*“  “*S  “  "’‘’y  °f 

w  for  ^  *“ 

Yours  very  truly. 

September  3,  19XB 

Mr.  William  patten, 

120  Vest  32nd  Street, 
Hew  York. 

Bear  Sir: 

Year  favor  of  the  28th  ultimo  to 
Mr.  -SdiBon  was  received.  He  requests  me  to  say 
that  hie  set  of  the  EnoyoYopaedia  Britanoioa  i's  at 
the  hottBe,  and  Mrs.  Edison  does  not  oare  to  have  any 
photograph  made  of  interior^ 

Yoursvery .truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edisop. 


September  2,  1916 

!&'•  George  P.  Perry,, 

Dear  Slr.j- 

X  am  In  reoeipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
27th  ultimo,  Whloh  has  been  read  with  ntaoh  interest*  I 
am  always  glad  to  reoelve  suggestions,  and  would  say  In 
reply  to  your  letter  that  we  win  put  on  "Old  BlaoTc  Joe¬ 
ys  have  already  reoorded  "You’ll  Remember  Me  ,  and  I  wll 
loot  up  "Oft  in  the  Stilly  Night". 

Yours  very  truly, 


Sept.  7th.  1915. 

We  are  anxious  to  straighten  out  our  records  on  the 
question  of.  drums,  and  must  look  to  you  for  help. 

We  have. bought  several  lots  of  new  drumB  from  time 
to  time  and  eenl  llh^direot  to  you,  and  you  have  used  them 
for  shipping  Benzol,  Toluol  and  Solvent  Haphtha. 

I  assume  that  you  have  keptaetrict 

drums-reoeived  and  shipped  *™?enS  a'llst 

you  will  kindly  i  you.  have  xeoeived,  the 

showing  va^°fw^lp“atif0po^siiae  from  whom.  On  the  oth. 

showing  various  f °^0^i^.e7f rom^hom .  On  the  other 

they,  .were  received  and  ifP0®™thedates  of  shipments,  to 
side^of'ths  account  youjrtill  IheWtef of  drums  £  the  ship- 

siKFtte  account  you^r  nSSef  of  the  ehip- 

whom .shipments were  ®  tll®n™e  ,B8me  side  of  the  account 
^asfsaht^hmLn-ms  you  still  Save  on  hand. 

bar'  of  »fore?^d^m"St^°y ou  refeivel  Som^^^the'nn 
bS^t  yoJ  havfahippod  and  to  whom. 

c«;P«i^SiSS ,?se?ushS?tn^to  £t“  . st at ement ° of ^our^ dTum 
account • 

Yours  very  truly , 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

p.  S.  .If-haye,  drafted  a  form, 

,  copy  Of  which  is  enclosed. 



September  3,  1918 

Mr.  William  Blauer,  Orderly, 

Ward  Ho.  1, 

Randall's  Island,  Hew  lorTt  City. 

Bear  Sir:- 

I  reoeived  a  letter  from  Mm;  A*  Ohl, 

artiWS  ~  to  donate  «  “*  “°"  r‘°°rl"  *° 

tie  sard  for  orlppled  hope  on  Handall'a  Island.  I 
receive  oo  a~y  robots  of  «.»  «»*«“*  »  "°“U  10 
lnposelhle  for  a.  to  oonpU  1th  «—  ’”l  1  h‘” 

regarded  «n.  ae  a  epeolal  eaae,  and  hare  taton 
pleaaore  la  ..dilng  a  and  thirty  reoerda  to 

h,  rout  ore.  far  the  orlppled  hoy.'  »««• 

leg  1.  year  ear.,  and  I  .!=»  yoa  weald  hladly  hare 

It  pl„.d  la  the  Sard  for  the  heaef.t  of  the  orlppled 


yours  very  truly. 

Qonunodora  J.  Stuart  Blaokton, 
Loouat  Avenue, 

Brooklyn,  Hew  York. 

Dear  Ur.  Blaokton: 

I  have  received  your  kind  invitation 
of  the  31st  ultimo  to  attend  the  opening  performance 
of  "She  Battle  Cry  of  Peaoe"  on  Thursday  evening  of 
next  week.  I  would  very  muoh  like  to  go,  hut  am  so 
overloaded  with  work  at  the  present  time  that  I  oannot 
get  away,  muoh  to  my  regret; 

Allow  me  to  thank  you,  however,  for 
your  very  kind  invitation,  which  is  muoh  appreciated. 

Yours  very  truly, 

September  3,  1915 

Mr.  W.  R.  Clark, 

12  Camden  Hill  Road, 
Upper  Norwood ,  S.  B. , 
London,  England. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Allow  me  to  acknowledge  receipt  of 
yonr  kind  favor  of  the  6th  ultimo  and  to  thank  you  for 
your  kindness  in  presenting  me  with  the  button  having 
a  defraotion  grating  of  five  thoueand  lines  to  the 
inch..  It  is  oertainly  a  beautiful  pieoe  of  work,  and 
I  am  very  proud  to  be  the  possessor  of  it. 

As  to  the  Bhip  oompass  that  you  suggest, 
Lit  me  say  that  this  is  out  of  my  line  of  work,  and 
personally  I  should  be  unable  to  do  anything  with  it. 
With  your  permission,  however,  I  will  bring  it  to  the 
attrition  of  the  Advisory  Board  of  our  Government,  Whioh 
is  Jxst  being  organized,  and  of  which  X  have  the  honor 
to  be  the  head;  The  Organization  will  be  effective 
within  the  next  month  or  two,  and  then  I  shall  turn  the 
matter  over  to  them,  unless  you  dlreat  otherwise. 

I  take  pleasure  in  sending  you  by  mall 
the  two  phonograph  reoords  that  you  desire,  namely, 
"Abide  with  Me"  and  "Hallelujah  Chorus".  The  latter 
was  not  in  onr  regular  oatalog  list,  but  I  had  the  mould 
looked  up  and  have  had  a  copy  of  it  made  for  you 

Tours  very  truly, 

Mr.  Claude  H.  Op dyke, 

•jb  Edison  Benzol  Plant, 

Woodward,  Ala. 

Bear  Mr.  Opdyke : 

We  are  anxious  to  straighten  on*  our  reoords  on  the 
question  of  drums,  and  most  look  to  you  for  help. 

We  have  Bought  several  lots  of  new  drums  from  time 

A®  “ 

«  -ask  2  £££•“■?$ 

SSmJMSS KiJSl  f«< 

they  were  received  and  If nf^iTthe  dates  of  shipments,  to 
aide  of  the  account  you  will  show_tne  oa^  £  th9  Bhlp_ 

„  *?&K  S«e»  »  S*“  — M'SL 

account . 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Bdls.on. 

p.  s.  I  have  drafted  a  form,  copy  of  which  is  enclosed. 

Sept.  10th.  1915- 

Bouses  Point,  N.  Y. 

Gentle man: 

B-oar  your  information  I  heg  to  quote  the  following  ex¬ 
tracts  from  a  letter  I  have  recently  received  from  Ur.  J.  H.  Plum¬ 
mer,  President -of  the  Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Company. 

"I  have -your  favor  of  the  86th  ult .  respect¬ 
ing  car  of  Benzol  held  up  at  Ho*80,  s  point. 

■SI  am  glad  to  tauw  that  you  tovo 
matter  Of  the  anty  In  hand. 

i.riolT,^r^Li"fApp™w»'  “i*-1*  *•  <*«•* 

'£»  *  SSi  dally 

SSTpfffgi.t  eAFiff-  -ISi 

gfej&rft  &•%?***%&■ 

eherthan  for  contract  material, 

ZOa  IP  athree  year  Contract  such  as 

Surf  is^itlrely  different  from  a  twelve 
months  contract . 

w*  »*ih  -ha  shinning  yohr  Benzol  In  toe  course. 

It  S0t  very  sooi  to  get  up  to-  a.  reason- 
Ihle^output  as  our  Various  additions  are  all 
.  reaching  completion." 

Your  8  Very  tiuly , 

Sept.  10th.  1915. 


Mr  .  C  .  H..  Opdyte  , 
f>  EdSs'dh  Senao-l  Slant, 

Woodward,  ila. 

Sear  Mr.  Opd&ke: 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  reoeipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  sixth  Instant,  and  also  of  the  shipment  of  crude  naphthaline, 
and  thank  you  fox  your  'prompt  attention. 

r  The  barrel  of  sublimed  naphthaline  that  you  sent 
to  Hr.  Mason  was  received  and  is  very  good. 

1  have  telegraphed  you  today  asking  you  how  muoh 
of  this  auhlimed  naphthaline  you  have  on  hand,  and  how  fast  you 
can  make  it.  We  want  this  information  so  that  we  can  make  a  con¬ 
tract  to  sell  it.  We  can  dispose  of  it  quickly,  and  I  hope  to 
have  an  answer  to  the  eff.eot  that  you  can  furnish  it  in  good  quan¬ 

Mr.  Edison  a  ay a  it  oan  he  packed  in  ordinary  bar¬ 
rels ,  and  Should  he  pretty  well  shaken  down  when  put  into  the 
baxrolB  for  shipment. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Mr.  Yuen  B.  Chao. 

Secretary,  Science  Society, 

208  Delaware  Avenue, 

Ithaoa,  S.  Y. 

Dear  Sir i 

Your  favor  of  the  28 th  ultimo  and  tie  fifth  and  sixth 
issues  of  the  Chinese  scientific  monthly,  "Science",  have  con¬ 
firmed  -the  opinion  1  have  had  for  some  time,  namely,  that  the 
world  is  witnessing  one  of  the  greatest  of  mo  deni  marvels,  the 
awoiening  of  a  great  nation,  China,  to  the  fact  that  liberal 
education  is  the  very  foundation. of  national  power  and  advance¬ 

The  impetus  which  the  young  men  of  your  country  are 
giving  to  the  cause  of  education  Is  most  Inspiring  to  those  who 
are  keeping  apace  with  the  times,  ana  indicates  rapid  growth  for 
your  nation,  let  me  extend  to  you: and  your  associates  my  hearty 
felicitations  upon  the  progress  you  have  made in  your  chosen  field, 
and  to  wish  you  an  ever  growing  and  lasting  success  in  the  sp'fead 
of  scientific  Knowledge. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Sept.  lltb.  1915. 

Dear  Mr.  Clymer: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  third  instant , 
which  has  received  my  careful  attention.  Beplying  to  your  various 
questions,  I  would  say  as  follows: 

In  regard  to  the  cells  for  Ur.  Henry  Ford,  let  me 
say  that  he  is  Still  experimenting.  He  has  made  his  sixth  experi¬ 
mental  electric  oar  hut  is  not  yet  satisfied  with  results. 

In  regard  rto  the  Ed'ison-Beach  oars  I  would  say  that 
Beach  himself  turned  out  to  he  a  failure,  and  a  Company  has  taken 
up  the  exploitation  of  the  oars  ana  is  now  tiyingtohuildupa 
business.  I  agree  with  you  in  the  opinion  that  it  is  unfortunate 
that  the  battery  has  been  unable  to  get  a  solid  foothold  in  the 
pleasure  vehicle  industry.  The  trouble  is  that  the  manufacturers 
If  pleasure  vehicles  want  to  get  the  greatest  amount  of  money  they 
canfor  their  vehicles,  hence  they  put  In  the  cheapest  hattery. 

They  care  nothing  for  their  reputation  as  long  as  they  get  the  monev 

V/e  were  getting  along  nicely  on  the  truck  business  , 
but  hard  times  and  change  of  business  owing  to  war  conditions  have 
diminished  the  sales  of  trucks,  generally,  except  the  typo  of  small 
track  called  "Bock  track"  .  V/e  get  this  trade  almos  t n°x°TU^Vtif a 
nn  the  lead  hatteiy  is  not  unable  to  stand  the  shocks.  5-La<i 

I  will  send  you  the  latest  repp rt  as  soon  as  possible 
Tho  profits  for  the  year  were  about  £-200 ,000 .00 
Yours  very  truly , 


Sept.  loth.  1915 . 

Mr.  D.  F.  Shiflc, 

918  Kansas  Avenue , 

Topeka,  K&n. 

Dear  Sir: 

1  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  31st  ultimo,  and  am  very  glad  to  learn 
that  you  are  so  tell  pleased  "with  your  Edison 
instrument.  I  shall  take  pleasure  In  look¬ 
ing  up  the  selection,  "COme  Where  the  lilies 
Bloom"  ,  as  suggested  hy  you,  and  will  c  onsider 
making  a  new  record  of  It. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Sept.  14th.  19i5. 

tfioa  Janet  C.  Bush, 

S54  Bloomfield  Avenue 
Ifontolalr, j. 

Dear  Miss  Bush; 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor  of  this  date,  and 
in  reply  heg  to  say  that  if  yOu  will  go  -over  to  our  Seconding 
Department  at  79  Fifth  Avenue  ,  Hew  York,  and  present  this  letter 
to  llfr.  W,  H.  Miller,  the  Manager,  he  will  take  a  trial  record 
of  your  voice,  which  will  he  submitted  to  the  Music  Committee, 
t  think  it  would  he  well  for  you  to  communicate  with  you  in  re¬ 
gard  to  the  selections  that  you  should  Sing.  In  doing  so,  please 
specify  some  of  the  songs  that  you  jape  quite  familiar  with. 
Phonograph  singing  should  he  done  without  music  in  one’s  hana. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


0  b 

/  /  ,/  Sept.  14th.  1916 . 

J3  J  ' 

Ur.  Claude  H.  Opdybu, 

%  Edison  Benzol  Plant , 

Woodward,  Ala. 

Dear  Hr.  Opdyker 

I  Bag  to  thank  you  for  your  prompt 
report  In  regard  to  drums  .  It  Is  very  satisfactory 
as  It  has  enabled  ns  to  find  out  how  we  stand  in 
regard  to  Woodward  drums  .  Evidently  you  have  78 
empty  drums  on  hand,  in  addition  to  the  100  drums 
Bent  hy  Mitsui  &  Company  for  Toluol. 

Will  you  please  ship  these  78  drums 
of  ours  to  Edison  Benzol  Plant,  Cambria  Steel  Company, 
Johnstown,  Pa.  Please  ship  these  at  your  earliest 
convenience  and  kindly  notify  me  when  they  are  ship¬ 
ped,  sending  m9  bill  of  lading  for  same.  The  100 
drums  belonging  to  Mitsui  &  Company,  you  will  keep 

at  Woodward  on  hand  until  further  orders. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Sail 

Sept.  14  th.  1915. 

Ur.  Claude  Opdyl®  , 
f,  JSdison  Benzol  Plant , 
Woodward^  Ala. 

Heferring  to  you r  telegram  of  the  10th 
In  regard  to  Sublimed  JMapthaline,  I  note  that  you 
then  had  about  eight  hundred  pounds  on  hand,  i’his 
is  rather  a  small  quantity  to  ship  up  here,  and  I 
can  get  a  better  price  when  we  have  a  larger  quan¬ 
tity  to  offer.  Will  you  please  let  me  know  as  soon 
as  you  have  two  or  three  tons  on  hand  of  the  Sub¬ 
limed  Naphthaline.  1  trust  the  oar  of  Toluol  was 
shipped  to  the  Hercules  Powder  Company  in  accordance 
with  my  telegram,  and  that  you  notified  them  by 

Mr.  B.  H.  BaniBter,  V.  Pros 
ffo.o;awarci  iron  company , 
Woodward ,  Ala . 

T  to  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  llthinstamt  .and  would  Bay  in  reply 
that  Carbolic  Aoia  plants  are  very  expensive 
ana  difficult  to  operate,  i'hree  large  chemical 
o oncer  ns  that  1  know  of  started  to  put  up  plants 
of  this  kind  many  months  ago,  and  have  not  yet 
succeeded  in  getting  a  good  produot . 

If,  therefore,  professional  chem¬ 
ists  have  so  muoh  trouble ,  I  think  it  would  he 

fatal  for  you  to  risk  it.  It  is  my  opinion 

that  you  ted  hotter  sell  your ^Benzol  as  spot  Ben. 
sol  to  a  broker,  such  as  the  American  uil  a  Bup- 


fours  very  truly, 


Sept.  14th.  1906. 

jv.  J.  Stokes  Machine  Co., 

Seventeenth  and  Cambria  Sts . , 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 


I  am  in  receipt  of  your  fator  of 
the  8th  instant  in  regard  to  foil  dryer  for 
drying  Sodium  Ben  sol  Sulphonate .  let  me  say 
In  reply  that  at  present  I  have  a  dayer  which 
works  quite  well  and  turns  out  about  .22,000 
pounds  daily.  However,  it  requires  too  much 
labor,  and  when  I  get  further  along,  I  win 
take  up  the  dryer  matter  with  you. 

Xours  very  truly. 


Dr.  J .  Thompson  Stevens, 

Mountains  We  hospital, 

Montclair ,  ft.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

let  me  thank  you  for  ypur  kina 
favor  of  the  16  th  instant,  which  has  he  an 
read  with  muoh  interest.  1  shall,. get  either 
a  Pulmotor  or  lungmotor  at  once  for  ubs  at 
the  Aniline  Plant,  i  am  very  glad  that  you 
suggested  the  idea. 

Yours  very  truly, 

September  18th,  1915, 

Mr.  Harry  0.  Sana, 


N.  J. 

Saar  Sir : - 

Replying  to  yoor  favor  of  the  16th 
instant,  wo  teg  to  say  that  before  we  oan  deoiae  whether 
yon  could  mate  records  for  ns,  we  shonia  have  to  have 
•a  trial  reoord  of  your  voioe,  whioh  wonia  have  to  be 
passed  upon  by  the  Mnsio  Committee.  If  you  are  going 
to  New  Tort  sometime,  yon  may  call  at  #79  Fifth  Avenue, 
New  Tort  City  ana  ask  to  see  Mr.  H.  Miller,  who  is 
the  Manager  of  our  Recording  Department  there.  He  will 
take  a  trial  reoora  of  your  voioe,  whioh  will  be  passed 
upon  later. 

In  order  to  avoid  any  misunderstanding, 
let  ns  state  that  we  do  not  pay  the  expenses  of  singers 
coming  to  make  trial  records.  If  you  should  go  to  our 
Recording  Rooms  at  some  future  time,  please  show  this 

letter  to  Mr.  Miller. 

In  answer  to  your  inquiry,  we  wonia  say 
there  is  no  position  vacant  in  our  factory  that  we  could 

offer  yon.  Tours  very  truly, 


September  18th,  1915. 

Simmons  Hardware  Company, 

17  Battery  Place, 

Daw  York  City. 

Gentlemen:  COfliTPEHBIAIi 

Replying  to  your  Xavor  of  the  15th  instant , 
we  teg  to  say  that  MT.  losi  is  a  musician  and  artist, 
ana.  was  employes  ty  Mr.  RSIs  on  to  travel  in  Europe  to  take 
reoords  on  the  phonograph  of  all  the  great  singers.  His 
aooounts  were  always  oorreot  ana  his  expenses  moderate. 

He  is  rather  fine  type  of  a  man,  hut  Mr.  Edison  has  no 
great  opinion  of  his  business  oapaolty.  He  told  Mr. 

Ed lean  that  he  was  going  to  the  Argentine  to  try  and  get 
in  some  business.  Sbis  is  all  the  information  we  a  an 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

give  you. 


Sept.  20th.  1915. 

Mitsui  &  Company,  limited, 

25  Uadlson.. Avenue  ,  1++nT,tlon  of  Mr.  Shnnzo  TakakU 

Hew  YoaSc  City  .  - -a— - — — 

Dear  Sir*. 

ia.ox  or  th.  Ut.  l«»t  »a«  x.o.lxod, 

„  m.  Wtoto.  Ho  W  «  »  ««  «■“*“  *“t  ** 

i.  «•  01  ”**"  “OTJJ  *“ 

"beyond  youx  control. 

H,  sue  xa.t.  ■»  to  *>  I»«  tM*  tM  tt'P0°  *  1 
«.  art.x  „1«  to  toy  M.  Wtototo».toto.l  rox  »«  *•».  *»ox 
*.  oxptxatto.  or  .»  oo*x..t  xlt.  W  «*“  0™'"  “ 

gays  this  shows  that  they  want  it  badly-,  and  they  wil  wan 
HI.  W»1  oo.tx.or  -to*-.  •«  *  — 

yoa  x ill  too.  *  .old  -oa  tto.  OSW- 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  E8-1 

September  IQth,  1915. 

Dr.  A.  0.  Bastard,  Supt. , 
Washington  Parle  Hospital* 
60th,  St.  and  Vernon  Avenue 
Chicago*  111. 

Dear  Doctor; 

I  era  in  rooelpt  of  your  favor  of  the 
lfith  instant;  Which  has  /been. read  with  nraoh  incerea.. 
Xe<T me  soy  in  reply  that  I  am  told  that  fi-otta  has  lost 
her  voice.'  We  Iw.vo  just  issued  a  reoora  hy  Destinn, 
SSft  touwIII  MM  V.  in  our  list.  We  recorded  ?ovoral 
records  hy  DohUSteeBna.  tat  her  Memolo  was  so  had  .hat 
I  decided  not  tc^lacua  those  records. 

-  She  toublo  is  that  moat  of  tha  Sfeat 

a  AvMnfcB  are  better  aotore  than  singers.  It  is 

ssa  sas  a- 

As  tcf  lander  records,  I  would  say  that 

aajle  bob*  rebbrdB  for  us.  y 

yoteB  verywtrttly* 

September  18th,  19X5. 

Underwood  &  Underwood  Studios, 

417  Jifth  Avenue, 

Hew  YorW 

Gentlemens-  . 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the 

16th  instant, ,  I  teg  to  say  that  it  will  he  ^ 

for  you  to  expect  me  to  call  at  your  Studio,  a* 

York  and  Just  now  it  would  take 
go  willingly  to  Hew  Yorfc,  and  jus 

L  Hasi&ate  «  .  .  <**-?*“■ 

yours  very  truly* 



it,}..  -'''I; r  ifi'ch-,:.  $■) Ur . 

Hr.  Hugh  C.  Wilson, 

Main  Street, 

PseMsfcill,  Hew  YorM. 

Dear  Sirs 

Yottr  favor  of  the  13t h  instant  has  been 
received  and  read  with  a  great  deal  of  interest.  We 
life  teeters.  It  is  tfie  Motor  that  mates  ns  improve 
things,  especially  if  they  fc£o*  intelligently. 

Please  let.  me  taow  what  type  of  instrument  yon 
have,  also  what  type  of  represser.  Is  yonr  speed 
constant  at  160.  Will  yon  Mindly  specify  which  record 
is  very  had?  1  want  to  find  out  where  the  trontle  is. 
I  would  state  for  yonr  information  that  a  slight  change 
in  onr  recording  cutters  might  cmxse  yonr  reproducer  to 
3«.*e  the  record  sidew^s,  as  the  diamond  in  some  oases 
is  ground  to  large. 

Yours  very  truly. 

September  32,  1015, 

J .  P .  Morgan  •*  T:o .  . 

23  Wall  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 


Enclosed  find  bilip. Inspectors  Certif- 
icatey  -and  bill  of  lading  covering  shipment  of  Sept. 
18th,  1915,  to  Hla  Britaani-c  Majesty's  Government, 
amounting  to  $1968.60. 

Please  have  three  of  the  Inspectors 
Certificates  Bigned  and  returned  to  me.  Kindly  send 
oheck  at  your  earliest  convenience  and  oblige. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Sept.  22nd.  1915. 

Mr »  B . .  T  .  Gundlaoh , 
Guitdlaoh  Advertising  Co . , 
People b  Gas  Building, 
Chicago,  Ill. 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  14th  instant  in 
regard  to  Antonio  Sala,  the  ' o ell 1st  whom  you  suggested  to  make 
.Boape  trial  records.  You  may  he  aware  that  all  trial  and  original 
rooords  must  be  passed  upon  hy  me  in  person,  ana  I  keep  a  hook 
til  which  I  make  comments  at  the  time  that  I  hear  these  records. 
!h.e  following  are  my  comments,  copied  from  this  inspection  hook, 
just  as  they  appear  there; 

Can't  tell  anything  from  this. 


This  man  is  good  'oellist, 
hut  you  must  look  out  in 
recording  that  it  is  not 
too  weak,  he  has  very  little 
volume  -  note  this  ana  he 
careful.  His  volume  is  1/2 
of  Pie s oh  on  Violin,  hut 
he  is  gooa  player." 

I  do  not  know  what  the  Hew  York  Recording  Studio  has 

done  about  this  matte] 

Sept.  22nd.  1915. 

litf.  Walter  B.  Murphy,  Supt., 
Barrett  Manufacturing  Company, 
Chemical  Department, 

Fratfkford,  Philadephia,  Pa. 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  17th  instant ,  and  would  say  that  the 
newspaper  report  about  the  man  who  died  at 
our  Synthetic  Phenol  Plant  from  inhaling 
fumes,  etc.,  was  not  oorrect.  The  man  aied 
of  heart  disease  from  running  after  a  valve 
had  hursted  on  a  digester  wherein  oonden- 
site  was  being  made.  Ho  was  only  slightly 
burned  by  the  acid,  Y<e  have  been  In  opera¬ 
tion  ten  months,  and  some  of  the  men  have 
bean  in  very  strong  fumes,  without  injury. 

We  find  that  our  Hitrobenzol  Plant  is  a 
plaoe  requiring  special  care.  One  man  was  kill* 
and  many  have  been  overcome  right  out  in  the 
open  air.  I  Bhould  be  gLad  to  learn  what  pre¬ 
cautions  you  take  in  this  oonneotion. 


E.  C.  Benedict,  Esq., 
Indian  Hart  or, 
Greenwich,  Conn. 

My  dear  Mr.  Benedict: 

Sept.  22nd.  1915. 

j  in  the  nature  of  a  plea¬ 

sant  surprise  after'  losing  sight  of  you  for  many  years.  I  am 
glad  to  see -in* one5- of  the  "Souvenir"  picturestKat  you* are  in 
the  foreground  looking  as  suhstant;ial  i-as  .ever,  -  if  pot  a  little 
more  so.  'i'o’ -look 'at  the  pictures  of  your  .'beautiful  place  it 
certainly  gives' 'one  a  desire  to  visit  it,  and  I  should  he  very 
glad  to  accept  your  invitation  if;  I  could  find  time.  There  seems 
to  he  no  present  indlohti hn  of  ft  T,  as,  ,1,  have  some  seyen  or  eight 
chemical  plants '*6nrrmy''hahd8,  hesi  a.e  ,my  other  industries  here  in 
Orange.  Hot/ ever';-  T'3hOpeT  may  he  ahle  to  run  over  to  see  you 

a  you  reqaeaii;i  '"xI  sh’ave;  ihstriXvdted..c 

Ln  sending  you  my  photograph 
:  photographer  to  make  up  a 

r'^ydtc, -eciii'd  will  send  it  along  When  it  is  ready, 
ifit'h  kiiid*  ‘regards; .  I  remain. 



25th.  1915 . 

Mr..  Thomas  K.  Murray, 

%  Mr.  II.  i>.  Brady, 

54  Wall  Street, 
i!ew  Work  City . 

Dear  Mr.  Murray: 

You  will  notice  from  the  enclosed  statement  that 
tho  total  investment  is  now  $84,887.00.  This  is  practically  the 

The  press  lire  has  he  on  so  great  from  the  Rubber 
people,  apd  the  Textile  trade  that  1  liad  to  increase  the  capacity 
from  throe  Aniline  pots  to  four  and  finally  to  fi  ve,  which  is  the 
maximum.  As  there  was  a  demand  for  extra  lAyrbane ,  I  put  in  ex- 
tra.  liyrbane  capacity,  th  ••  largest  amount  having  haen  3old  to 
Brady's-  Rubber  company. 

Then  I  put  in  a  complete  plant  to  make  Pa rap ho ny¬ 
lons  diamine  which  Just  filled  up.  This  was  to  help  out  the  fur 
dyers,  as  there  is  not  a  pound  in  the  U.  S.  A.,  and  1  am  the  only 
maker,  so  far  as  I  know. 

In  addition  to  Mr.  Brady's  §35,000.00,  I  put  in 
§35 ,000.00 .  The  "balance  is  from  profits.  In  addition,  we  have 
this  morning  S33-.000.00  in  the  hank.  I  have  only  one  bookkeeper 
and  he  is  overworked.  In  a  short  time,  when  we  are  not  so  rushed, 
1  will  have  a  detailed  statement  made. 

Yours  vepjrtrulVj 

General  Letterbook  Series 
Letterbook,  LB-107  (1915) 

This  letterbook  I^^Edjgorfand  vVpam^  Meadowcroft^Numerous 

Mitsui  &  Co. 

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t  .  25th  .  1915 . 

Stresen-Eeuter  &  Hancock,  Inc., 

1501  South  Peoria  Street, 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Gentlemen : 

Eeplying  to  your  favor  of  the  22nd 
instant,  we  heg  to  say  that  we  make  pure  Ani¬ 
line  Oil,  which,  so  far  as  we  knar/ ,  is  used 
for  Blacks. 

There  is  not  much  left  now  of  my 
next  year's  product  ion  that  is  not  contracted 
for.  You  had  hatter  let  me  know  very  quickly 
if  you  want  any.  It  may  he  all  sold  before  we 
can  hear  from  you.  —  • 

Yours  very  truly. 

See**.*  &r 

Sept.  25th,  1915. 

.  ]; 

Ur.  B.  P.  Woodward, 

%  Talking  Machine  Department, 

Santa  Pe  Watch  Company, 

831  Kansas  Avenue  -, 

Topeka,  Kan. 

Dear  Sir; 

Your  favor -of  the  16th  instant  to  Edison  Phonograph 
Company  has  "been  referred  to  me . 

let  me  say  in  reply  that  we  have  never  yet  put  out  a 
record  made  hy  a  student.  Our  artists  are  ohosen  from  care¬ 
fully  trained  singers  selected  from  all  parts  of  the  world.  If 
the  young  mn  you  refer  to  will  state  in  which  European  oity  he 
studied  I  believe  I  can  give  him  the  names  of  all  the  principal 
artists  of  the  Opera.  1  have  in  my  laboratory  trial  records  of 
abbut  3300  foreign  Opera  singers,  and  of  about  2600  American 
singers.  This  is  the  way  we  select  them,  namely,  by  sifting  out 
the  best  from  great  masses  of  singers.  _____ --r 

Yours  very  truly. 

Sapt  .  25th.  1915, 

Hr,  John  A.  Kern, 

337  Flatfbush  Avenue , 

Brooklyn,  H.  Y. 

Bear  Sir: 

1  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  20^-h  in-stant,  which  has  "been  read  with 
much  interest.  I  agree  with  yon  that  the 
quality  of  the  Saxaphone  is  fine,  and  1  my¬ 
self  am  very  partial  to  records  -of  that  in¬ 
strument-  Your  request  for  a  Saxaphone 
Quartet  will  reoelve  attention.  _ 

Yours  very  truly. 


Sept  .  25th.  1916. 

Mr.  H.  Phillips, 

'/s>  The  Phonograph  Shop, 

Greenwich,  Conn. 

Dear  Sirs 

I  am  in  receipt  of  you r  favor  of  the  22nd  instant. 

In  reply  let  me  say  that  we  are  doing  advertising  just  now  in 
a  different  way.  We  have  had  men  out  this  summer  giving  re¬ 
citals  at  more  than  2,000  hotels  all  over  the  country.  When  I 
get  a  chance ,  I  will  send  two  or  three  trained  recital  man  up 
to  Greenwich  to  clean  up  the  town.  You  will  then  realize  that 
national  advertising  does  not  bring  the  results  that  well  or¬ 
ganized  recitals  get.  It  Is  not  everything  that  nan  he  sold  by 
newspaper  and  magazine  advertising. 

Your  postal-oard  advertisement  Is  good,  and  I  have 

read  it  with  much  interest.  _ 

Yours  very  truly, 

S90  iSast  7th  Street 

Kew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the 

Ur.  Edison  says  «...  „  „„„„ 

‘°  "ll  p“»I»«nn.^dl«i„,  fc, 
-ro».  „  ajr.„  ln  8arious 

need  of  all  that  he  can  make. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

Sept  .  2  7th.  1916. 

American  Smelting  &  Kofining  Co. 
120  Broadway, 

I!ew  York  City . 

?  Mr.  Kenneth  S.  Qultenaan.  Chief  Chomlst. 

Yonr  favor  of  the  24th  instant  in  regard  to  Metallic 
Cobalt  has  boon  handed  to  me.  let  me  say  in  reply  that  for  some 
years  past  we  have  used  about  50  pounds  of  Cobalt  per  week.  I 
have  found  that  if  I  could  get  Cobalt  Oxide  around  40jrf  per  pound, 
I  oould  use  it  in  plaoo  of  iron  for  starting  batteries  for  auto¬ 
mobiles.  tfe  are  nav  shut  out  from  this  trade,  beoause  iron  will; 
not  give  satisfaction  in  very  cold  weather. 

If  I  oould  obtain  cheaply  the  crude  mixture  Oxides  of 
Hiokol  and  Cobalt,  I  oan.separato  them  easily  in  the  process  of 
obtaining  the  Cobalt  in  the  right  state. 

I  shall  be  pleased  to  hear  further  from  you  on  this  sub- 

Sept.  27th.  191 

Santa  Fe  Watch  Company, 

821  Kansas  Avenue' 

Topeka,  Kan. 


nast  say  In  reply  that^am "utter!  £aV°+  °f  the  16th  iastant,  and 
ltors  In  the  phonograph  business astonished  that  our  compet- 
am  not  Interested  in  the  Edison  a  rsP°rt  that  I 

to  loan  my  name  and  that  the  man bi  Dl8c  proposition,  exoopt 

tory  and  laboratory  entirely  ^nar^/l  ^^aotured  hy  a  fac- 
royalty  Is  paid  me7for  the^se  ^  my  nfme?  ^  pla°°’  and  that  a 

lab o rat o iyK  1  s e? h e *0 enter1" of ° all m-t he  ^n^?  \han  thls  •  My  personal 
been  done  or  is  now  be  L  aone  in  ™!^  081  that  has  a^r 

mond  DiBc  Phonograph.  Mv  factory  Sith  tho  Edis°n  Dia- 

Phonographs  are  made  is  sitSa’r?  ^\th9  Edt80n  Diamond  Disc 
guity  to  the  laboratoiy  and  1^  thfh^r?°r?  immodiata  eonti- 

mast er'reoord'bef ore 

facts  as  T°am  “““^Jttorsuaa-e-just  as  wall  acquainted  with  these 
trarv  +v,L  ^  “L1?  ths?  0X3  circulating  any  reports  to  the  con¬ 
trary,  they  know  that  such  reports  are  absolutely  untrue . 

Yours  very  truly. 


Sept.  30th.  1916. 

Mr-  D.  F.  Shirk, 

918  Kansas  Avenue, 

Topeka,  Kan. 

Dear  sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the 
22nd  instant,  I  beg  to  say  that  the  new 
reoord  of  the  selection  "Come  where  the 
lilies  bloom"  is  being  taken  up  by  our 
Recording  Department,  and  we  have  no 
doubt  that  you  will  see  it  in  one  of  our 
lists  of  records  in  the  near  future. 

fours  very  . truly, 

.  ... 



Oot.  1st.  1915. 

Mr.  Samuel  Hill, 

Haryhill,  Wash. . 

My  dear  Mr.  Hill: 

I  am  tie  pleased  recipient  of 
a  beautiful  book  on  the  Columbia  River  with 
your  card  enclosed,  and  1  write  to  express  to 
you  my  thanks  for  your  kind  remembrance  of  me 
in  sending  me  thiB  book,  which  iB  a  Joy  and  de¬ 

jours  very  truly. 

Oot.  2nd.  1925 # 

The  Arthur  H.  Clark  Company, 

Carton  Building, 

Cleveland,  Ohio. 

Gentlemen : 

Chemloal  set  number 
3eptembe?  Ilth!“ed  ?0Ur 

i««.,  o,  r;r  ”f,r' to  **•  ***"**  -  «»«o 

ietter  of  September  29th. 


atro^^bo^Hn1?^!  ’ 

London  1860  to  1914— $286.00"  * 

Please  ship  by  express  as  follows: 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Bdison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  H. ’ j. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Hr.  James  F.  Buhig, 

15&0  Bedford  Avenue, 

Brooklyn,  H.  Y. 

Bear  Sir: 

lYour  favor  of  the  16th  ultimo  was  handed  to  Mr.  Edison 
and  he  requests  me  to  reply  to  you  and  apologize  for  the  delay  In 
answering  your  questions.  He  has  heen  so  very  busy  the  last  few 
weeks  that  his  mail  has  suffered  some  delay. 

You  will  he  glad  to  learn  that  Harry  Mayo  and  Harry  Cally 
will  make  more  records  for  us,  so  your  wishes  will  he  fulfilled, 
as  we  think  you  will  he  able  tq  hear  them  regularly. 

Mr.  Edison  wishes  me  to  say  alBO  that  he  is  going  to 
get  the  musio  of  the  song  you  mention  "0*or  the  Billowy  Beep",  and 
if  he  finds  it  suitable  will  have  it  reoorded  and  issued. 

Mr.  Edison  also  wisheB  me  to  thank  you  for  your  kind 
words  and  compliments  in  regard  to,  our  machine  and  records. 

Your 8  very  truly, 


Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Oot.  4th.  1910. 

Mr.  Max  EpBtein,  President, 
German  American  Oar  Company 
HarrlB  Trust  Building 
Chicago,  Ill.  ' 

Dear  Mr.  Epstein: 

I  teg  to  acknowledge  receipt 
of  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  S9th  ultimo, 
and  also  of  the  two  tank  car  paper  weighty, 
whioh  have  just  come  to  hand.  It  was  very 
kind  of  you  to  remember  your  promise,  and  I 
thank  you  for  sending  them.  I  shall  hand 
one  of  them  to  Mr.  Edison  with  your' compli¬ 

With  kind  regardB,  I  remain. 
Yours  very  truly. 

Oot.  4th.  1915. 

Mr.  Keufel, 

%  Keufel  &  Baser, 

500  Adams  street, 

Hoboken,  H.  j. 

Dear  Mr.  Keufel: 

I  spoke  to  Mr.  Edison  In  regard  to  the  proposed 
visit  of  yourselve  and  your  two  sons  to  our  plant.  He  wishes 
me  to  say  to  you  that  after  the  fire  we  placed  our  machinery  in 
various  shops,  and  that  while  we  are  working  in  some  of  the  build¬ 
ings,  muoh  of  the  machinery  is  still  scattered  about  in  different 
places.  He  expects,  however,  that  by  Christmas,  we  will  be  in 
our  newly  renovated  concrete  buildings,  and  then  he  would  be  glad 
to  have  you  go  through,  as  the  shop  . is  organized  on  a  new  and  en¬ 
tirely  different  bSBis  from  other  shops,  and  he  is  sure  you  will 
be  pleased. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


Oct.  4th.  1915. 

Hr.  w.  j.  Spaulding, 
1905  Cleveland  Avenue 
Santa  Barbara,  Cal.  ’ 

Your  favor  of  the  15th  ultimo 
waa  handed  to  me.  X  regret  to  say  that 
wo  shall  ho  unable  to  take  a  trial  reoord 
of  your  voice  out  there  on  the  laoifio 
Coast,  as  we  3mve  no  professional  record¬ 
ing  devioe  out  there.  Our  only  Recording 
Department  is  in  Raw  York  City  at  #79  Pifth 
Avenue , 

If  you  ever  oome  as  far  as  Hew 
York,  wo  shall  be  glad  to  have  you  oall  in 
there  and  see  Mr,  w.  H.  Miller,  the  Manager, 
who  will  make  a  trial  reoord  of  your  voioe 
and  send  it  over  to  Mr.  Edison:  for  his  hear¬ 

In  order  to  avoid  any  misunder¬ 
standing,  let  me  say  that  we  do  not  pay  the 
expenses  of  Bingera  coming  to  make  trial  rec¬ 
ords.  , 

Tours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


C/^jl  -4-4. 

Oot.  4th-  1915. 

Mr.  Kenneth  S.  Oulterman, 

#  American  Smelting  &  Refining  Co., 

120  Broadway. 

Hew  York  City. 

Bear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  29th  ultimo,  let  me  say 
that  in  my  prooeee  I  must;  diesolve  the  Oxides,  and  in  doing  bo  I 
oan  easily  separate  the  two  metals.  This  is  done  hy  a  new  reac¬ 
tion,  and  the  cost  is  not  more  than  20  cents  per  hundred  pounds 
of  the  Hixed  OaiaeB. 

At  this  time  1  oannot  tell  how  muohl  should  he  able  to 
use,  heoause  I  must  first  work  up  the  Trade  in  a  special  type  of 
battery  for  lighting  and  starting  automobiles.  This  special  bat¬ 
tery  would  be  in  competition  with  lead  batteries,  which  are  very 
oheaply  made  and  sold,  but  do  not  give  satisfaction.  Therefore, 

I  oannot  break  into  this  business  except  I  oan  get  cheap  Cobalt. 

Youts  very  truly. 


T.  Commerford  Martin,  Esq, , 

29  West  39th  Street, 

New  York  City. 

My  dear  Mr.  Martin: 

The  blow  has  falleni  In  other  words,  Mr.  Edison 
has  finally  made  up  his  mind  that  he  oannot  go  to  San  Franoisoo 
for  Edison  Day.  He  has  thought  it  all  over  oarofully.  He  has 
taken  a  lot  of  oontraots  with  various  mills  and  faotories  for 
Aniline  dye  material  and  Carbolio  Aoid.  So  far  as  we  are  con¬ 
cerned  here,  these  are  new  industries  and  our  nanufaoturing 
plants  require  a  great  deal  of  his  personal  attention.  He  can¬ 
not  relegate  this  to  anyone  else,  and  if  the  material  ie  not  sup¬ 
plied  as  contracted  for,  a  great  many  employees  connected  with  the 
various  industries  would  be  thrown  out  of  work  and  other  serious 
consequences  would  ensue.  He  has,  therefore,  finally  decided 
that  it  is  his  duty  to  Btand  by  his  faotories,  which  would  make 
the  San  Francisco  trip  entirely  out  of  the  question. 

Mr.  Instill  telegraphed  him  this  morning  asking  if 
he  would  be  in  San  Franoisoo  on  the  21st  instant,  stating  that 
he  ( Insull)  would  be  there.  Mr.  Edison  wrote  out  a  reply  to  this 
telegram  in  his  own  hand-writing  ,  and  I  will  give  it  to  you  just 
«^a  he  wrote  it.  It  is  as  follows,  just  as  I  sent  it  to  Mr.  Insull 

"On  account  of  groat  pressure  on  me  from 
many  mills  for  dye  stuff  material  and  to 
prevent  laying  off  their  men  I  feel  it 
my  duty  to  stand  by  my  faotories  and  not 
go  to  Frisco." 

It  is  too  bad  that  this  ends  all  our  plans, ^know¬ 
ing  all  the  circumstances  as  I  do,  I  must  confess  that  I  oannot 
see  it  in  any  other  light,  than  to  agree  with  the  decision  he  has 
arrived  at.  If  at  the  present  time  he  should  be  away  from  here 
for  ten  or  twelve  days  there  is  no  telling  what  serious  things 
might  happen  that  would  cause  him  a  great  deal  of  anxiety  and  un¬ 
happiness  . 

Yours  very  truly. 


Oot.  4th.  1915. 

Mr.  E.  Olarenoo  Miller, 

%  Bloren  &  Company, 

314  Chestnut  Street, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Dear  Mr.  Miller: 

I  must  aBk  you  to  kindly 
pardon  the  delay  in  replying  to  your  re- 
oent  favor  in  regard  to  Miss  Gladys  Gane. 

I  have  been  so  fearfully  busy  the  last 
few  weeks  that  it  is  been  simply  impossible 
to  give  prompt  attention  to  my  mail. 

I  have  sent  a  letter  to  Mr. 
MoCheeney  asking  him  to  give  Miss  Gane  suoh 
an  opportunity  as  her  merits  deserve.  ^ 
Yourp^tfery  truly,  s' 

know  of  two  persona  who-  have  placed  pooket 
flash  lamps  with  push  button  on  their  phono¬ 

ffe  have  been  asked  to  make  this 
part  of  our  equipment,,  but  our  factories  are 
so  rushed  with  work  on  the  instrument  and  rec¬ 
ords  that  it  is  simply  impossible  at  present 
to  take  the  time  to  provide  for  this  and  other 

desirable  devices. 

Thanking  you  for  your  kind  interest 

Tours  very 'truly 


Mr.  Arthur  Williams ,  President. 

The  Eleotrioal  Show  Company 
Irving  Plaoe  and  Fifteenth  street. 
Hew  y0rk  City. 

Allow  me  to  thank  you  for 
your  kind  invitation  to  attend  the  formal 
opening  of  the  ninth  Annual  Electrical  Ex¬ 
position  and  Motor  Show  on  Wednesday  after¬ 
noon.  Unfortunately,  I  cannot  be  present, 
»a  I  meet  with  Secretary  Daniels  and  the 
other  members  of  the  Advisory  Board  at  Wash¬ 
ington  on  that  date. 

I  regret  my  inability  to  be 
present  on  suah  an  interesting  oooasion,  but 
thank  you  for  the  opportunity  so  kindly  offered. 
Yours  vary  truly. 

Oot.  4th.  1915. 

She  J.  B.  williams  ■',juj,ansr , 

Glastonbury,  Conn. 


:io;>.r  favor  of  the  28th  ultimo 
was  received,  let  me  say  in  reply  that 
I  have  no  expectation  of  extending  our 
liat  of  materials  manufactured  at  my  Chem¬ 
ical  Blifnt ,  as  it  ia  bo  much  out  of  my 
regale^  line  of  work.  I  was  compelled  to 
produei  nnoet  of  the  ohemioalB  in  my  liat 
for  my-  oWn  uae,  aa  it  was  impossible  to 
depend  upon  a  supply  from  abroad,  let  me 
say- that  none  of  the  chemicals  you  mention 
are  difficult  to  make.  Why  not  make  them 

Tours  very  truly. 

3615  ?raiii°r^er1at9«, 

Chicago ,  Ill  f  -8oulovard, 

Dear  Madam; 

**«,  u,jrr  *°  r°" « «» 

ln,0‘  l9t  «>e  thank  you  *, 
emulations  on  0ur  planQ  ^  00 Q" 

ffe  are  atlii  re<30r,i  #6°2°0- 

1:111  ea®erlmentlng  on  ni„ 
ln«-  So  far  it  is  a  M  P*  °  reoord- 

“w  I  UU1  tar.  „0  i!"*"'  B,»  —•«- 

«»io  by  ..u  tao  -.1'  or  “»  »1«.B 

*  woxi  known  artists. 

toa  »» «r^t*  iMr  raic° 


^urs  Tery  truly, 


Oot.  8th.  1915. 

Mr-  -S.  fl-  Fowler, 
life  Saving  Devices  Qo., 

3.008  Times  Building, 

Hew  York  Oily. 

Dear  Sir: 

.Replying  "to  your  favor  of  the 
Bixth  instant,  I  bog  to  say  that  we  have 
purchased  a  lungraotor,  which  has  been  sent 
over  to  our  Chemical  Plant  at  Silver  lake, 
H.  J. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  lir.  Bdii 

Got.  8th.  1915. 

Alphonzo  Smith  Biano  House, 

25  Flatbush  Avenue, 

Brooklyn,  13.  Y. 

Gentlemen : 

Your  favor  of  the  30th -ultimo  to  Mr.  Ireton  was  passed 
on  to  me,  and  I  would  say  in  reply  that  the  material,  Oondensite, 
whioh  we  are  oompellad  to  use  to  get  the_ proper  results  is  one  of 
the  most  difficult  things  to  work!  Inasmuch  as  we  are  always 
willing  to  exchange  defective  reoordB  I  do  not  quite  understand 
why  the  matter  is  so  Berious.  You  may  be  sure  that  if  it  were 
passible  to  make  all  records  perfeot,  we  would  not  hesitate  to 
expend  any  amount  of  money  to  do  so .  ___ 

Yours  very- truly. 



0 e t .  6th.  19X5. 

Miss  Gertrude  E.  ElBhe, 

#  Capt.  George  Rowland, 

S.  S.  Erisoilla, 
pall  River  line, 
pall  River,  Mass. 

Pear  Miss  Pishe: 

Allow  me  to  offer  my  con¬ 
gratulation  to  you  on  winning  the  first 
prize  offered  by  our  friend  Mr.  W.  D.  ’*U- 
mot  for  the  best  Advergraph  on  the  Edison 
Diamond  Dieo  Phonograph.  Yours  is  very 
clear  and  expressive,  and  I  must  thank  you 

towards  me  in  it. 

Your6  vaTy  "truly , 



Oot.  8th.  1915. 

Ur.  H.  0.  Walker, 

309  Security  Bldg. , 

CalveBion,  Texas . 

Bear  Sir: 

Beplying  to  your  favor  of  the 
24th  instant ,  we  beg  to  say  that  we  have 
not  yet  recorded  the  selection  entitled 
"The  Baseball  Oirl"  for  the  Diamond  Disc 
records.  We  will  get  the  music  and  look 
into  this  to  see  if  it  is  suitable  for, 
our  records,  and  if  so  we  will  put  it  on 
our  future  lists. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Edison  laboratory. 

00 t.  11th.  1915 * 

'Henry  W.  Peabody  &  Co., 

*  State  Street, 

Hew  York  City* 

Oentl  omen-; 

„„  f.TO.  Of  th.  filth  lM«»t  1«  W»*  »» 


cannot  use  anything  hat  THShellao . 

let  me  say  for  yoor  guidance  that  it  is  about  time 
Kuiotm  la  ge-stinK 

you  dropped  this  matter  of  C*rn*«.«.  m. 
tired  of  your  continually  trying  to  push  it  to  his  notice, 
have  told  Ur.  Uulford  several  times  not  to  mentioned  t  •  « 
jeot  again.  Mr.  Edison  does  not  forget.  He  has  no  o 
that  you  submitted  Garnetlao.  and  he  is  getting  rather  tire 

of  having  the  subject  constantly  brought  up. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Oot.  11th.  1915. 

Mr.  Thornton  W.  Allen,  Seo'y., 

Newark  Music  Festival  Association, 

414  IViss  Building, 

Newark,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sirs 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  second  instant,  and  in  reply  teg 
to  say  that  X  desire  to  remain  a  member 
of  the  Association  for  the  season  1915-1916, 
sc  please  retain  my  name  among  your  member¬ 

Yours  very  truly'. 


Oot.  11th.  1915. 

Mr.  George  Henderson, 

701  Franklin  Building, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  seventh  instant, 
and  in  reply  heg  to  say  that  the  value  of  the  property  for  ex¬ 
ceeds  the  bonds.  For  four  or  five  years  past  there  has  been  a 
price  outtlng  war  between  the  various  cement  companies.  This 
has  resulted  in  great  losses  to  all.  We  decided  not  to  run  at 
all  this  year  and  let  the  others  fight  it  out. 

I  have  lately  been  experimenting  on  the  process,  and 
before  starting  up  the  plant  again  I  hope  to  be  able  to  put  in 
new  apparatus  to  so  reduce  the  cost  that  we  can  be  indifferent 
to  any  prioe  cutting  war  and  easily  earn  interest  on  the  bonds, 

and  considerable  besides.  _ 

Yours  very^-truly, 



Oct.  12th.  1915. 

ilitaul  & -Company,  .limited, 

'25  ^adison  Avenue, 

Hew  "York  City.  Attention  of  Mr.  Shun so  Takaki . 

Dear  Sir: 

X  received  your  favor  of  the  11th  instant,  asking  how 
much  Toluol  we  have  on  hand  at  7/oodward.  Having  received  no  an¬ 
swer  from  your  office  on  the  telephone,  X  presume  you  are  keep¬ 
ing  the  holiday  today.  I,  therefore,  enclose  you  the  latest 
daily  report  we  have  received  from  Woodward,  which  3hows  they 
had  or:  hand  October  8th,  1,462  gallons  purs  Tolp,o^  1,786  gallons 
crude;  and  4,173  gallons  washed.  Of  course,  there  is  a  loss  in 
distilling  the  crude  and  washed,  so  I  cannot  tell  just  what  they 
will  have  in  the  shape  of  pure  Toluol, 

There  is  no  reason  why  you  should  not  have  copies  of 
these  dally  reports,  and  I  have  written  to  Mr.  Opdyke  asking  him 
to  8  end  them  to  you  every  day.  Will  you  please  return  the  en¬ 
closed  report  to  me. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Oot.  13th.  1915; 

to.  John  p.  Xehoe, 
liBter  Agricultural 
H  Heotor  Street 
Uew  York  City. 

My  dear  Kehoe: 




I  am  awfully  sorry  that  I  happened  to  be  away  the 
day  that  you  called  with  our  friend  Hoffman,  l  should  have 
d  very  much  to  have  renewed  our  old  acquaintance  and  have 
ohat  with  you.  1  am  going  away  to-morrow  to  San  Pran- 
cisbo  but  shall  not  be  away  long,  and  on  returning  hope  that 
you  will  make  an  appointment  and  come  over  and  make  me  a  little 
vieit.  It  is  a  long  time  since  I -saw  you. 

I  feel  guilty  in  having  detained  your  tank  car  a  li*. 
t!e  longer  than  it  ought  to  have  been  detained,  but  we  have 
not  finished  arranging  for  our  storage  capacity  for  our  Acid. 

I  am  rushing  my  people  to  get  it  emptied  and  have  it  returned. 

Oot.  12th.  1915. 

Hr.  William  H.  Blauvelt, 

1917  W.  Genesee  Street, 

Syracuse,  11.  Y. 

Uy  dear  Hr.  Blauvelt: 

I  am  In  receipt  of 

your  favor  of  the  ninth  instant,  and  take 
pleasure  in  sending  to  you  for  Mrs.  Blau¬ 
velt  a  photograph,  whioh  X  have  autographed 
for  her,  and  whioh  she  may  use  for  the 
purpose  she  has  in  mind. 

I  trust  it  will  be 

Bafely  received  and  found  all  right. 

Yours  sincerely,  ^ 

.virnoei  Dillon.,  iisq. , 

TxorvX  k  Company, 
ran.  «•  Cedar  Streets, 

■  ;.ork  City, 

......  ■  Hr .  Meadoworof t  has  told  me  from  time  to  time  of 

^•^Ji,'ht0iaade°forti«k+  +lm  to  whether  arrangements  oould 
o*a««U L !,!' °,  S0t  together  again  to  discuss  the  coalition 
o.o„  ..Ou  which  we  discussed  a  few  weeks  ago  down  in  Silver  T.airo- 

>  ..'.^T‘>^vi°n^S0  0Xt+°m217  bUSy  latoly  It  has  been  eiraply 

iLJi-oi.n.hlo  for  me  to  take  up  anything  except  ray  active  problems. 

,  'J®*  ma  ® ®y  that  I  have  given  a  good  deal  of  thought 

co-operation  which  you  proposed,  and  in  view  of  the  course,  I  have  laid  out  for  myself,  since  I  last  saw  you.  T  have 

decided  to  go  it  alone.  As  you  are  aware,  I  am  interested 
i.'  vi;  Phenol  question,  as  I  am  a  very  large  and  constantly  in¬ 
creasing  user  of  it.  .myself,  and  during  the  development  of  my  seo- 
cnu  Pnenol  Plant,  many  promising  possibilities  have  presented  them- 
soives,  and  it  looks  to  me  now  that  .1  shall  spend  about  a  year  on 
working  out  a  simplified  ana  better  process.  X  could  not  flo  thin 
unless  the  plant  were  absolutely  my  own,  leaving  me  free  and  un¬ 
hampered  to  pursue  my  experimental  ways  in  the  manner  to  which  1 
have  been  aooustomed  for  so  many  years.  I  could  not  do  this  if  I 
were  interested  with  others,  and  as  my  intevr-et  has  been  greatly 
aroused,  I  think  I  should  prefer  to 'take  matters  in  my  own  particu¬ 
lar  way  and  Bolve  some  interesting  problems. 

With  many  thanks  for  your  kind  interest  and  offers. 

X  remain.  "* 

Oot.  14th.  1915. 

Speno~r  '  ask  &  Company, 
25  Ei*a ad  Street, 

New  York  C  ivy. 

Gentled)  eav 

I  have  recc<  ived  your  favor  of  the 
11th  instant  in  regard  to  Mr.  Charles  S.  Bradley, 
of  41  Park  Sow,  New  York,  and  his  plan  for  the 
recovery  of  potash  from  Great  Salt  lake. 

let  me  Bay  in  reply  that  1  have 
known  Mr.  Bradley  for  more  than  thirty  years, 

5.>nd  oan  say  of -him  that  he  is  a  good  experi¬ 

I -wish  to  call  your  attention -to  the 
fact  that  at  Akron,  Ohio  there  is  a  large  -soda 
works,  and  for  years  they  have  pumpea  into  ponds 
and  wells,  covering  15  or  20  aores,  millions 
of  tons  of  Chloride  of  Calcium,  the  hy-prodnet 
of  the  manufacture  of  soda  from  salt. 

Yours  very  trj; 

J.  *  foart  Blaokton, 

Co*  of  America, 

bijO-.-.nt  Avenue, 

Brooklyn,  N.  Y. 


‘Your  favor  of  the  1st  instant 
tc  Mr.  Edison  was  reoeived.  He  wae^'busily 
occupied  with  his  important  work  at  his 
Chemloal  Plants  during  the  last  five  or 
six  weeks  that  his  mail  fell  very  much  in 
arrears,  and  I  could  not  get  his  attention 
to  everything  that  should  have  been  attended 
to  previous  to  his  departure  for  San  Fran- 
oisoo  last  night. 

Your  letter  was  put  on  file  for 
attention  after  Ms  return. 



Oat.  16th.  1916. 

Dr.  1.  H.  Baekeland, 

Yonkers,  H.  Y. 

Dear  Dr.  Baekeland: 

Just  a  few  hours  before  Mr.  Edison  left  for  San 
franoiaoo  he  handed  me  a  memorandum  to  be  transmitted  to  you. 

This  memorandum  has  reference  to  your  letter  to  Ur.  Thomas  Robins 
of  the  11th  instant,  copy  of  whioh  was  forwarded  to  Ur.  Edison. 
Mr.  Edison's  memorandum  was  as  follows: 

"Eriend  Blaekeland, 

The  Ilavy  wants  to  get  a  practical  way  of 
absorbing  Hydrogen  from  the  air  in  sub¬ 
marines.  The  production  of  Hydrogen  and 
Oxygen  on  charging  storage  batteries  is 
very  considerable,  but  as  charging  always 
takes  place  on  the  Surface,  the  gases  are 
gotten  rid  of  by  the  ventillating  fans. 

On  the  other  hand,  when  they  are  submerged, 
some  Oxygen  and  Hydrogen  is  given  off,  and 
if  the  submarine  stays  down  too  long  it 
reaches  the  point  of  becoming  an  explosive 
mixture . 

Before  the  Board  was  organized  I  was  work¬ 
ing  on  this  problem,  and  absorbing  by  per¬ 
manganate  ,  but  thiB  works  very  slow.  An¬ 
other  scheme  was  the  pumping  of  the  gases 
through  unglased  porcelain.  In  this  process 
the  Hydrogen  passes  very  much  more  rapidly 
than  Oxygen.  I  think  this  can  be  made  prac¬ 

Won't  you  please  think  up  other  ahsorbers 
or  methods  and  see  what  oan  be  done? 


Your 8  -v«ry  truly. 

Mr.  Stanley  Doggett, 
99  John  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  sir: 

Qot.  16th.  1915. 

Your  favor  of  the  15th  instant  to  Mr.  Edison  has  been 
received.  As  you  are  aware,  he  has  gone  to  San  Francisco  and 
will  be  away  between  two  and  three  weeks.  Before  he  left  he  went 
over  the  Aniline  situation  very  thoroughly  and  made  up  a  schedule 
of  deliveries,  under  which  he  apportioned  out  our  product  to  our 
various  oustomera.  dealing  with  you  very  liberally,  as  we  have 
done  from  the  first. 

Under  the  schedule  that  Mr.  Eaison  has  made,  the  Fire- 
etone  people  will  get  12.000  pounds  this  month,  which  is  2,000 
pounds  on  account  of  back  deliveries.  The  Millville  people  will 
get  11,000  pounds,  which  is  1,000  pounds  on  aocount  of  back  de¬ 
liveries.  Under  this  same  schedule  you  were  to  receive  1800 
pounds  this  month. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edi 

October  18th,  1915. 

Mr.  Ihomaa  H.  Markillie,  Sales  Manager, 
United  lead  Company, 

111  Broadway,  Hew  York  Oity. 

I  leg  to  acknowledge  rsoelpt of  7°"* 

sw-st  . 

also  was  very  much  interested  in  it  and  referred  it 

one  ofaTanfP0r?-°soB«yT,to^eport  ffiFoS'JKrt 
•I  thin*  It  .«ld 

of  your  men  to  oome  over  “anointment,  as 

We  should  have  to  8?r^8®  k  °nd  no  strangers  are 
he  is  over  at  the  Chemio^Works,  a  to 

sr&rs  *.« 

Si  ,x?iv”?  »»  «“■  «“*  M  '•  P“"‘l0‘k1’ 

for  both  sides. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Ootober  19tih,  1915. 

Ur.  Antonio *£ala, 

71  B,  Elm  Street, 

Ohioago,  HI. 

Dear  Sirj- 

Your  favor  of  the  12th  Instant  to  Mr. 
Edison  was  reoelved,  hut  It  was  too  late  to  he  "brought 
to  his  attention  before  he  left  for  San  Eranoisoo. 

In  his  ahsenoe  I  oannot  say  definitely,  but  feel  quite 
sure  he  would  litre  to  have  you  drop  in  at  our  Record¬ 
ing  Department  and  make  another  trial  reoora  if  you 
should  happen  to  be  in  Hew  York  City.  However,  I  will 
bring  your  letter  to  his  attention  when  he  ooraes  baok 
from  the  Yaoifio  Coast,  whioh  I  expeot  will  be  in  the 
first  part  of  flovembor. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Bdi^pn. 

27  Pelri  Street, 

York  City. 

Santl emeu ; 

s»»  «s&s. 

pending.  for  alleged  unaervaluation  ^ift^e®®B“a^  of 

S£?'®  San  ISaiajS^.S1^”*-  Ueasrd.  F.  w. 

»• “  *■ last  °"  —  “Ss fii^irrs:  a^rsi 

°1“*a  were 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Jgdison. 

<  -v^ 

Mitsui  &  Company,  limited, 

26  Madison  Avenue, 

Hew  York  City.  Attention  of  Mr.  Takaki. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  teg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your 
favor  of  the  18th  instant  in  regard  to  making 
up  the  deficiencies  in  our  shipment  of  Phenol  under 
the  present  oontraot.  Shis  matter  is  receiving 
careful  attention.  I  had  a  conference  with  the 
Superintendent  of  the  plant  this  morning,  and  be¬ 
lieve  that  we  shall  bo  able  to  make  up  the  de¬ 
layed  deliveries  by  the  end  of  this  year. 

I  am  giving  this  matter  my  personal  atten¬ 
tion  and  will  not  neglect  any  opportunity  of  push¬ 
ing  the  matter  forward. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


Oct:.  is9.t h.  191c  , 

-•  v’V  York  City. 

•ky  dear  Mr.  liel>: 

I  a®  ia  receipt  of  your  eeveemea  favor  of  tile 
JfJ  Instant,  and  take  great  pleasure  in  handing  to  you  here- 
fiutu  a  latter  of  Introduction  for  Mins  llunn  to  present  to  Ur. 
fialter  H.  Hiller  at  our  Becording  Department,  V9  Fifth  Avenue. 

You  will  find  that  Mies  Munn  will  receive  oourt- 
ocub  attention  and ^will  be  giveri  an .opportunity  to  make  one  or 
.nore  trial;  records  to  he  sent  to  .to.  Edison  for  his  hearing. 

I  am  sure  you  will  not  object  to  my  giving  you 
a  friendly  "tip",  so  that  you  may  possibly  think  it  well  to 
pas 3  it  on  to  the  young  lady  in  order  to  avoid  disappointment, 
iiie  point  is  this:  the  phonograph  is  very  peculiar  in  that  'it 
requires  certain  peculiarities  of  voioe  to  make  perfect  rec¬ 
ords.  Yon, will  be  surprised  when  I  tell  you  that  of  all  the 
voices  weJEriod,  only  three  or  four  per  cent  are  available, ac¬ 
cording  to  Ur.  Edison's  standard.  He  is  searching  all  the  time 
for. new  singers  and  is  very  anxious  to  obtain  all  he  oan.  There 
is,  therefore,  no  doubt  about  that  point,  as  he  is  more  than 
anxious  to  add  to  our  staff  of  artists.  He  had 'an  expert  with 
assistants  travelling  all  over  Europe  for  more  than  two  years 
getting  records  of  opera  and  conservatory  singers.  We  have  be¬ 
tween  two  and  three  thousand  of  these  records  up  here  in  the 
laboratory,  but  not  more  than  Z%  of  them  were  available  from 
to.  Edison's  standpoint. 

I  am  baking  the  trouble  to  explain  this  matter 
fully  to  you  as  one  of  our  old  and  valued  friends,  in  order 
that  you  may  thoroughly  understand.  X  trust  that  Miss  Munn's 
voice  will  turn  out  to  be  one  of  the  exceptions.  At  any  rate, 
she  will  be  given  every  opportunity  to  try  what  she  oan  do . 

With  kind  regards,  X  remain. 

Yours  very  truly, 



tir.  Vk.  a.  Mallory,  President, 
Edison  Portland  Cement  Company, 
Stewartsville ,  N.  J. 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  29th  instant 
in  regard  to  Pulverised  limestone.  I  believe  it  is  used  for  the 
same  purpose  to  which  we  apply  it,  namely, in  the  manufacture  of 
Carbolic  Acid. 

X  do  not  know  whether  Mr.  Edison  would  wish  you  to 
canvas  the  Trade  or  not.  Our  relatione  with  the  people  at  the 
back  of  the  American  Synthetic  Dye  Company  are  q.uite  special,  and 
I  «oKvea  V  Edison's  special  consent  to  tell  them  what  we  use 
and  where  we  obtain  it,  that  is,  in  relation  to  the  Pulverized 
Limestone.  TheBe  people  have  a  contract  for  about  six  million 

friendly  relations. 


5^t"t.,a.,S£a£r3«  oth"  manufactarare 
of  Carbolic  I  don't  know. 

„  iionra  S  W » •»> 


.Hours  very  truly, 

Oct.  30th.  1916 • 

Mr.  J.  H.  Plummer,  President, 

Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co . , 

Sydney,  Hove  Scotia. 

Dear  Mr.  Plummer: 

Mr.  Edison  is  in  California  at  the  present  time 
and  I  do  not  expect  him  to  return  for  about  two  weeks,  so  I  must 


time  again  hut  without  any  success. 

The  burden  of  proof  is  on  Mr.  Edison,  and  this 

zrrSL'S asra 

values  are  correct.  Every -dayfe  delay  on  Company's  offi- 


lours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

General  Letterbook  Series 
Letterbook,  LB-108  (1915) 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  November-December  1915.  Most  of 
the  correspondence  is  by  Edison  and  William  H.  Meadowcroft.  Numerous 
items  relate  to  the  technical  and  commercial  development  of  motion  pictures, 
phonographs,  and  phonograph  recordings.  There  is  also  correspondence 
concerning  Edison’s  benzol  absorbing  plants  and  chemical  manufacturing 
interests,  as  well  as  business  conditions  during  World  War  I.  Additional  items 
pertain  to  personnel  changes  at  Edison's  motion  picture  studio,  industrial 
safety  the  Naval  Consulting  Board,  and  Edison's  opinion  about  high-school 
education  for  boys  and  girls.  The  correspondents  include  chemist  and 
inventor  Leo  H.  Baekeland;  longtime  Edison  associate  Herman  E.  Dick; 
engineer  and  inventor  William  L.  Saunders,  president  of  the  Ingersoll-Rand 
Co.;  and  representatives  of  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co.  and  Mitsui  &  Co. 

The  spine  is  stamped  "Letters"  and  is  marked  "T.A.E.  From  Nov.  5- 
1915  To  Dec.  16- 1915."  The  number  "46"  also  appears  on  the  spine.  The 
book  contains  701  numbered  pages  and  an  index.  Approximately  10  percent 
of  the  book  has  been  selected. 

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■Dear  Mr-  Uarrlnerj  ' 

WOttla  say  that  We  have^I  77  ^  ^  ^  ^ 
with  the  use  of  tfaft  ,  ^  Pr°gr68S  *“  ^^ntin, 

or  *  aft  *>r  unbleached  aulphite  ^ 

V/e  commence  about  July  to  provide  for  °Ur  r0°°rd 
ness,  and  rarely  Ku  intri  0Ur  winter  to«si- 

tha  holidays.  Besides  ^  ^ 

^sy  on  his  nh  been  9Xtraordinarily 

-v.:  rrr*  - tet  *-  - — 

Xt  ap  aow  in  the  near  future 

— j.r;:  *■“  •‘u~  -  -  - »» 

-“m  ««•  *”“*«■* ™*ZZZZTJu fl°°r 

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"1,h  l!l“d”et  ”«*«•  *»  *U.  I  rmin. 

Hov.  8th.  1915. 

iJr*  F.  W.  Johnson, 

Edison  Demonstrator, 

%-  R.  Ba  Williams  Co . , 
lor onto,  Canada. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  29th  ultimo,  ana  would 
say  in  reply  that  Mr*  Edison  is  usually  willing  to  make  trial  rec¬ 
ords  of  artists  who  are  desirous  of  submitting  records  for  us  to 
pass  upon. 

Unfortunately,  we  have  no  meano  of  taking  a  record  ex¬ 
cept  at  our  Recording  Department,  which  is  at  79  Fifth  Avenue, 
llew  York  City.  If  Mr.  Undricek  happens  to  be  coming  on  to  Hew 
York  some  day,  he  oan  present  the  enclosed  letter  to  Mr.  W.  H. 
Miller,  the  Manager  of  our  Recording  Department,  and  every  oppor¬ 
tunity  will  be  given  to  him  to  make  a  trial  record. 

Please  let  it  be  understood  that  we’  do  not  pay  the  ex¬ 
penses  of  artists  coming  to  the  laboratory  to  make  trial  records. 
.1  reburn  the  scrap  book  by  Registered  Mail  under  separate  cover. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Mov.  9th.  1916, 

Oinoinhati  Chamber  of  Commerce, 

Cincinnati,  Ohio. 

Gentlemen:  . 

I  waB  afraid  I  have  appeared  Bomewhat  lacking 
in  courtesy  to  you  in  not  having  replied  to  your  tele¬ 
gram  before  now.  i'he  fact  of  the  matter  is,  we  were  go¬ 
ing  eo  constantly  that  I  oould  not  attempt  to  even  look 
at  lasers  or  telegrams,  and  they  were  given  to  my  wife. 
She  was  busy  also  every  moment,  and  a  number  of  telegrams 
and  letters  were  mislaid,  and  X  did  not  see  them  until  a£t< 
our  arrival  home. 

I  tun  sorry  for  the  seeming  negligence  on  my  part, 
X  am  very  sorry  that  it  happened. 

Your b  very  truly.,  '"" 



-Nov.  11th.  1916. 

Miss  Mary  A.  B.  Girard, 

818  Hyde  Park  Boulevard, 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Bear  Madam: 

Your  favor  of  the  26th  ultimo  has 
been  handed  to  Mr.  EdiBon  on  his  return  from 
California.  He  requests  us  to  say  that  the 
proper  way  to  Judge  of  this  matter  would  be 
for  you  to  make  a  trial  record  of  the  matter 
that  you  mention.  If,  therefore,  you  happen 
to  be  in  Hew  York  at  some  future  time  and  are 
willing  to  make  a  trial  record,  you  can  take 
this  letter  to  Mr.  W.  H.  iiiller,  the  Manager 
of  our  Heeording  Department  at  79  .Fifth  Ave¬ 
nue,  Hew  York,  and  he  will  make  a  trial  rec¬ 
ord  and  sena  it  over  to  Mr.  Edison  for  his  hear¬ 

It  must  be  understood  that  we  do  not 
pay  the  expenses  of  s ingers  or  speakers  com¬ 
ing  to  make  trial  reoords  at  our  Heoording 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Laboratory. 


ilov.  11th.  1915. 

Harry  Cunningham, 

48  Host  Building, 

Washington ,  D.  C. 

Hear  iir.  Cunningham; 

There  are  times  when  I  regret  my  deafness  more 
than  usual.  Such  a  time  is  the  present,  when  I  am  compelled  to 
-its  and  say  that  I  shall  he  unable  to  avail  myself  of  the 

““  *»«•«..  *  ^ 

Uth.  itioh  a,  X  would  Ilk,  to  be  pr.o.M,  I  hov.  to 

ny  myself  the  pleasure.  I  am  too  deaf  to  hear  what  is  going  on 
around  me,  and  1  think  you  will  appreciate  that  it  is  pretty 
hard  to  see  a  lot  of  men  enjoying  themselves  and  not  have  the 
slightest  idea  what  it  is  all  about. 

With  many  thanks,  however,  for  the  courtesy  of 

the  invitation,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly. 

Mov.  10th.  1936. 

Prof.  A.  W.  Ho lan, 

University  of  Illinois. 

Urhana,  Ill. 

Pear  Sir : 

You  ask  what  my  answer  would  he  to  the  following  two 


"Why?"4  b°y8  8114  SirlS  S°  t0  Hish  Sch001?" 

T3d  the  first  question  I  should  say  very  decidedly, yesf 
So  answer  the  second  question  "Why?"  in  detail  would  require 
many  sheets  of  paper.  The  simplest  way  to  answer  this  is  to 
say  that  I  cannot  think  of  one  single  reason  why  hoys  and  girls 
should  not  go  to  high  school. 

Che  whole  thing  comes  down  to  a  very  simply  proposi¬ 
tion,  "Is  it  or  is  it  not  a  good  thing  to  he  prepared?"  I  can 
see  only  one  answer. 

Yours  very  truly," 


Chesley  R.  Perry,  Secretary, 
International  Association  of  Rotary  Clubs, 
910  Michigan  Avenue, 

Chicago 4  Ill, 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of. 
the  fifth  inBtant,  and  in  reply  beg  to  say 

•,hat  what  I  mean  is  that  \ 

thingB  that  we  can  produce  or  mahe  better 
and  cheaper  in  this  country,  ana  exchange 
these  for  things  which  can.  be- produced  or  made 
better  and  cheaper  abroad.  At  the  present 
time  it  is  a  one-sided  affair.  7 

1our6  very  truly,  - 



ilr.  Clarence  D.  Skinner, 
901  ilonroe  Street, 
Topeka,  Kansas . 

Beplying  to  your  favor  of  the  £5th 
ultimo,  let  me  say  that  I  am  in  favor  of  creat¬ 
ing  instrumentalities  whereby,  in  the  event  of 
war,  immense  quantities  of  fighting  machinery 
and  ammunition  could  be  manufactured.  I  am  also 
in  favor  of  a  well  balanced  Havy,  equal  to  that 
of  any  other  nation;  also  a  highly  organized 
General  Staff,  and  one  more  West  Point. 

As  to  the  fighting  men,  that  is  a  sub¬ 
ject  with  which  I  am  not  familiar,  and  upon  which 
I  do  not  care  to  express  an  opinion. 


Dov>  10th.  1915. 

Schenectady  Tectoical  High  School. 

Schenectady,  H.  x« 

Dear  Sir; 

On  my  return  from  California  I  fto* 
your  favor  of  the  19th  ultimo,  and 
old  -bamboo  filament  lamp  which  you  fcindly  sent 
mB.  it  is  a  very  intereeting  memento,  and  I 

thank  you  for  it-  >.« 

lours  very  truly , 

Ur.  Theodore  Y/eioker,  Vice  President, 

E.  R.  Squibb  &  Sons, 

78  Beekman  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Weicker; 

On  my  return  from  California  Mr. 
iieadowcroft  has  shown  me  the  proposed  label 
for  Carbolic  Crystals,  with  a  certificate 
bearing  my  facsimile  signature. 

let  me  say  in  regard  thereto  that 
I  am  quite  agreeable  to  your  printing  the 
certificate  in  that  form  for  your  labels,  and 
for  the  use  of  a  facsimile  of  my  signature 

imprinted  thereon. 



SUBJECT:  Hydrogen  Absorption  for  Storage  Batteries. 

Dr.  1.  H.  Baekeland, 

Yonkers,  H.  Y. 

My  dear  Dr.  Baekeland: 

I  Have  received  your  favor  of  the  15th  instant  which 
I  have  read  with  a  great  deal  of  Interest.  My  Assistant,  Mr. 
Dinwlddie,  has  tried  Copper  Oxide,  and  it  works  well.  I  have 
been  afraid  of  heat,  bo  am  trying  an  apparatus  to  burn  the  Hy¬ 
drogen  in  closed  oylinders  which  are  worked  intermittently  like 
those  of  a  gas  engine.  This  iB  to  absolutely  prevent  any  possi¬ 
bility  of  explosion,  no  matter  what  occurs.  I  am  using  Copper 
Oxide  in  this  scheme. 

When  the  Submarine  is  at  the  surfaoe,  the  ventilation 
system  ib  ample,  but  when  submerged,  the  Hydrogen  must  be  gotten 
rid  of  so  \hat  there  is  no  gas  leaving  the  boat  to  indicate  its 
presence  to  the  enemy. 

Hear  Admiral  Joseph  Strauss, 

Chief  of  Bureau  of  Ordnance, 

Mr.  Thomas  Hob ins, 

Secretary  of  Naval  Consulting  Board. 

Committee  on  Chemistry  and  Physios. 

Committee  on  Submarines. 


-Uov.  17th.  1915. 




Hot.  17th.  1915. 

H?ba*t  H.  Coleman, 

Hyde  Park-on-Hudson, 

Hew  York. 

Dear  Mr.  Coleman; 

Ae  I  read  your  favor  of  the  tenth 
instant,  there  comes  back  to  me  reoolleotions 
of  the  small  incandescent  light  plants  we  put 
in  for  you  in  the  pioneering  days  of  the  early 
80' s.  Yes,  I  remember  the  visit  to  Cornwall, 
and  also  that  it  was  an  interesting  trip. 

It  is  interesting  to  look  back  on 
the  early  days  of  the  eleotrio  light.  The 
problems  were  many  and  soul-satisfying,  and  we 
kept  on  growing  all  the  time. 

Many  thanks  for  your  letter. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Mov.  18th.  1915. 

Mr.  JesB  H,  Voorhees, 
Jt  General  Delivery, 
Grand  Canyon,  Ariz. 

Dear  Sir: 

X  have  received  your  favor  of  the  12th  instant,  and  beg 
to  say  in  reply  that  I  have  given  your  article  to  our  Advertising 
Manager.  I  cannot  say  at  thiB  moment  whether  or  not  he  can  use 

Here  ie  something  that  I  would  like  to  have  you  do  for 
me-  You  will  find  check  for  $10.00  enclosed.*  I  would  like  to 
have  you  strip  some  bark  from  the  twigs  and  the  main  stems  of 
the  Cinchona  bush  that  grow  everywhere  at  the  Canyon.  X  want’ 
about  -three  or  four  pounds  of  the  bark  so  that  I  can  test  it  to 
see  if  there  is  enough  alkaloid  in  it  to  make  it  a  paying  proposi¬ 
tion  to  gather  it.  I  do  not  want  the  wood,  but  only  tho  bark. 

A  pen  knife  will  start  it,  and  then  you  can  pull  the  bark  off  the 
twigs  and  main  stem.  For  your  guidance  I  would  say  there  is  a 
little  white  stem  at  the  end  of  the  bush,  but  I  suppose  everyone 
around  the  Canyon  knows  the  Cinchona  bush. 

flease  be  sure  and  strip  the  bark  from  the  large  part 
of  the  stems,  keep  the  bark  of  the  stems  separate  from  the  bark 
of  the  main  trunk,  as  I  want  to  soe  which  contains  the  largest 
quantity  of  alkaloid. 

I  want  to  get  this  bark  right  away,  and  shall  be  obliged 
if  you  will  kindly  attend  to  thin  ma-FFer  for  mo  at  once,  and  send 
the  package  by  express  or  insured  parcel  post,  addressed  to  my 
Assistant,  Mr.  IN.  H.  Meadowcroft,  Edison  laboratory.  Orange,  H.  J. 

Yours  very  truly, 

/:  . . 

Mot-  19th.  1915. 

Ur.  William  Place,  Jr., 
Miner  Block, 

Jackson,  Mich. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  recent  favor,  we 
heg  to  say  that  the  test  mandolin  record  was 
sent  over,  and  the  following  is  Mr-  Mison'o 
criticisms . 

'The  unmusical  sound  of  the 
picker  has  double  the  volume 
of  the  musical  sounds  and  the 
resultant  is  very  bad,  the  Bound 
from  the  picker  must  be  toned 
down  before  a  mandolin  can  be 
a  howling  suooess.  Try  all  kinds 
of  pickers  and  all  kinds  of 
material  for  pickers". 

yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

Mot.  19th.  1915 

Ur.  T.  C.  Crane, 

Pilling  &  Crane, 

Broad  &  Chestnut  Sts., 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Dear  Mr.  Crane: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  17th 
instant,  let  me  say  that  so  .far  as  I  know  there 
is  no  economical  way  to  get  the  Potash  out  of 
PelBpar . 

Are  you  worrying  over  the  hoom  in 
the  iron  Business?  _  - 

Tours  very  truly. 

Nov.  19th.  1915 

Mr.  A.  B.  Hess,  President, 

Lancaster  Chemical  Co., 

Lancaster,  Pa. 

Bear  Mr.  Hess; 

This  will  introduce  to  you  my 
friend,  Mr.  William  F.  Hoffman,  who  is  going 
out  your  way  and  will  drop  in  on  you  and  talk 
over  the  situation  in  regard  to  Chamber  Acid 
a  little  more  fully  than  we  oan  do  by  corres¬ 
pondence  or  over  the  telephone. 

Your 8  very  truly^ 

Mov.  19th.  1915, 

Mr.  Frederic  A.  Whiting, 

11  State  Street, 

Framingham  Center,  ItaBB. 

Dear  Mr.  Whiting: 

On  my  return  from  California  your 
recent  letter  in  regard  to  cabinets  was  laid 

before  me, 

let  me  eay  An  reply  that  X  am  spend¬ 
ing  all  my  profits  in  experiments  to  increase 
the  perfection  of  the  mechanism  and  rocorau, 
Rilii  !'.  do  not  like  to  divert  this  money  to  the 

■making  of  furniture. 

After  I  have  gotten  the  other  things 
to  suit  me,  I  will  tele  up  the  furniture  end. 

Don't  you  think  this  is  tho  best  vvaj’j _ _ 

lours  veryteta: 

^  ■■  A  ''t 

November  82,  1CV15. 

Mr.  H.  E.  Heitman, 

Sort  Myers,  Ela. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  am  enclosing  herewith  a  letter  received 
from  Mr.  L.  B.  Slusser  of  Eort  Myers,  complaining 
of  ill  treatment  received  at  Mr.  Edison* a  place. 
Kindly  note  Mr.  Edison’s  quotation  at  head  of 
letter.  After  you  have  finished  with  it  Kindly 
return  for  our  files. 

YourB  very  truly. 


Uov-  23rd.  1915 


Dr-  TV.  I'ankhauser , 

E.  Squibb  &  Sons, 
78  Bookman' Street, 
Hew  York  City. 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  23rd  instant, 
with  color  proof  of  your  new  Carbolic  Acid  label,  which  1 
have  shown  to  Hr.  Edison.  He  says  this  label  is  all  right 
except  that  the  two  words  "the  sole"  should  be  taken  out, 
as  it  does  not  represent  the  facts.  Mr.  Edison  has  been 
supplying  Carbolic  Acid  to  the  Drug  and  Chemical  Trades  dur¬ 
ing  all  the  present  year  on  contracts  made  along  time  ago. 
These  two  words  should,  therefore,  be  taken  out  so  that  that 
particular  sentence  of  the  label  will  read,  "All  orderB  for 
this  produot  should  be  addressed  to  E.  E.  Squibb  &  Sons, 

Hew  York,  who  are  distributors  of  the  same  to  the  Hospitals 
and  Drug  and  Chemical  Trades  of  the  United  States." 

Assistant  to  Hr*  Edisoi 

Enclosure . 

Mr.  Frederick  Huber, 
1510  &.  Worth  Avenue, 
Baltimore, ,Ma. 

your  favor  of  the  19th  instant  ie 
very  flattering  so  far  as  I  am  concerned, 
but  I  am  quite  sure  that  I  should  be  a  misfit 
as  a  President  of  the  United  States. 

Toll  the  boys  that  v.hen  they  vote 

for  .  low  *«•  »"«  »•»„»'”“'•  ”  “tteI 

tt.y  «•  "  W*1*”- 


J.  P.  Morgen  i:  Company, 

Export  Departuient, 

23  Wall  Street,, 

Hew  York  City. 

Gentlemen : 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  18th  instant  in¬ 
quiring  whether  X  can  furnish  either  Benzol  or  Phenol  for  deliver- 
next  year,  for  the  Preach  Government,  let  me  say  in  reply  that 
this  inquiry  comes  too  late,  as  I  have  sold  the  entire  capacity 
of  both  my  Benzol  and  Phenol  Plant,  for  the  year  1916,  I  think 
Benzol-  can  be  obtained  from  others. 

I  believe  that  the  Phenol  required  could  be  obtained 
if  the  French  Government  would  advance  .the  money  to  erect  Acid 
and  Phenol  Plants,  but  in  my  opinion  not  otherwise.  They  have 
wasting  tins  *>•  o.«  a  ,sa.  «»  »•  ^.nol-iicxic  Aoii 

business,  and  they  do  3 

sem  to  know  how  to  getjresults . 
Yours  very. -truly ,  • 

"’Hov.  23rd,  1915 



Mitsui  &  Company,  limited, 
Zb  Madison  Avenue , 

l?ew  York  City. 

i  of  Mr.  Shunzo  Takaki . 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  19th  instant,  con¬ 
taining  your  order  for  JPhaaol,  same  quality  as  that  which  you 
have  teen  getting,  to  be  furnished  you  at  seventy-seven  and 
one-half  (77  1/2)  cents  per  pound,  drums  to  be  furnished  by  you. 

i'he  total  amount  of  this  order  is  160,000  pounds,  to 
be  delivered  as  follows: 

26,000  pounds,  June, 

"  "  July, 

"  "  August 

"  "  September, 

"  "  October, 

"  November, 

"  "  December,  1916. 

I  accept  this  order  on  the  understanding  that  I  shall 
not  be  held  responsible  for  any  delay  in  delivery  arising  from 
any  unexpected  manufacturing  contingencies  or  any  other  cause  be¬ 
yond  my  control.  Of  course,  I  expect  to  make  the  deliveries  as 
above,  anc  shall  do  my  best  to  carry  them  out. 

Yours  very  truly,  _  ? 



Mr.  C.  H.  Opdyke, 

#  Edison  Benzol  Plant, 

Woodward,  Ala. 

,  Dear  Sir: 

In  regard  to  naphthaline  shipped  by  you  from  the  Wood¬ 
ward  Plant,  I  bo g  to  say  that  I  have  written  to  Mr.  Banister  con¬ 
firming  the  aubsi.anoe  of  a  letter  written  to  him  by  Mr.  Mason  to 
the  effeot  that  I  run  to  pay  the  Woodward  Iron  Company  a  royalty 
on  all  naphthaline  shipped  away  from  our  plant  at  Woodward.  This 
royalty  is  to  bo  figured  on  the  basis  that  eight  pounds  of  naph¬ 
thaline  are  oqus/1  to  one  gallon  of  Solvent  naphtha.  We  pay  the 
Woodward  Ire:;  Company  ten  cents  per  gallon  royalty  for  each  gallon 
of  Solvent  .'.'aphtha  shipped  away  from  the  plant.  You  will  see, 
therefore,  that  the  amount  of  royalty  I  pay  to  the  Woodward  Iron 
Company  on  naphthaline  is  equal  to  one  and  one-quarter  cents  per 
pound . 

Will  you  please,  therefore,  furnish  the  Woodward  Iron 
Company  with  memoranda  showing  all  naphthaline  shipped  away  from 
our  plant  from  time  to  time  and  the  Woodward  Iron  Company  will 
bill  the  royalty  to  me  accordingly. 

I  enclose  copy  of  a  letter  I  have  written  today  to  Mr. 

Yours  vAr^trul 

Enclosure . 

Hov.  23rd.  1916. 

Ur.  William  I.  SaunderB, 

11  Broadway , 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Ur.  Saunders: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  19th  instant, let 
me  say  that  I  think  a  superheater  would  he  of  great  advantage, 
and  that  the  Buperheat  could  possibly  be  obtained  from  charcoal 
set  on  fire  electrically .with  Benzol  sprayed  in  below  the  ex¬ 
plosive  point.  Che  Benzol  would  burn  and  heat  the  air  to  a  pre¬ 
determine  temperature.  Che  charcoal  would  stay  lighted  contin¬ 
uously  through  out  the  whole  voyage.  Even  the  charcoal  might  not 
be  necessary  after  a  preliminary  momentary  ignition  by  an  eleo- 
tric  wire  or  spark.  Superheat  is  well  worth  a  trial. 

Oh!  That  we  had  that  Laboratory.  Things  would 

move  quick . 

Yours  very  truly, 


Bov.  23rd.  1916. 

Mr.  a.  G.  Spencer, 
P,  0.  Box  4S&, 

Heno ,  evade . 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  14th  instant,  which 
has  Been  read  with  a  great  deal  of  interest,  let  me  assure  you 
that  we  have  no  intention  of  dropping  the  development  and  manu¬ 
facturing  of  the  cylinder  records.  On  the  contrary,  we  are  go- 
iiig  t<c  push  the  is  harder  than  ever* 

As  t,o  the  Music,  we  are  no  better  pleased  then  you  are, 
hut  •re  obliged  to  put  these  miserable  dance  and  ragtime  selec¬ 
tion  on  because  the  public  and  the  dealers  compell  us  to  do  it. 
however,  1  am  very  glad  to  see  that  the  craze  for  this  class  of 
tie sic  is  subsiding,  and  we  shall  now  put  out  more  of  the  Verdi, 
onhisetti  kind  of  music  until  there  is  a  "howl"  from  the  dealers 
The  cause  of  putting  on  the  present  type  of  records  is 
that  the  young  people  in  the  houses  of  phonograph  owners  want  the 
runtime  stuff. 

fours  very  truly. 


Hot.  23rd.  1915. 

Mile.  Alice  Verlet, 

637  Madison  Avenue, 

Hew  York  City. 

My  dear  Miss  Verlet: 

I  received  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  18th  instant, 
which  I  have  read  witti  a  great  deal  of  intereet. 

Let  me  assure  you  that  we  would  gladly  do  more  ad¬ 
vertising  for  you,  hut,  if  we  do  so,  we  have  no  assurance  that 
you  will  not  sing  for  our  competitors,  and,  therefore,  we  would 
lose  all  the  benefit  that  should  come  to  us  for  the  money  ex¬ 
pended  in  building  up  your  reputation. 

To  be  very  frank  with  you,  it  is  a  mystery  to  me  why 
you  do  not  give  us  an  option  to  take  your  songs,  provided  we 
pay  as  much  as  our  competitors.  I  want  to  assure  you  that  there 
is  no  "catch"  in  this,  as  we  do  not  play  any  sharp  business  tricks! 
Let  me  suggest  that  you  had  better  talk  this  matter  over  with  your 
mother  and  let  me  hear  from  you.  ^ 

Yours  verv  truly, 

6? lezQ  - 

Thomas  Publishing  Co., 

129  Lafayette  Street, 
hew  York  City. 

Gentlemen : 

We  recently  purchased  from  you  a 
copy  of  Thomas'  Eegister  of  American  Manu¬ 
facturers  and  First  Hands  in  all  lines.  Mr. 
Edison  was  using  this  book  himself  and  found 
on  examination  that  it  was  not  oorrectly 
paged  around  the  pages  running  in  the  neigh¬ 
borhood  of  1100  and  1200.  Evidently  there 
has  been  a  mistake  in  the  bindery  on  thiB 
particular  copy. 

Mr.  Edison  uses  this  book  a  great 
deal,  and,  of  course,  we  would  like  to  have 
it  correct-.  Will  you  pleaBe  send  us  another 
and  correct  copy,  and  we  will  return  the 
other  one  to  you. 

Eours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  EdiBon. 


Hov.  24th.  1915. 

Mr.  E.  Baruch, 

The  Haeusarmann  Metal  Mfg.  Co.. 

1098  Brook  Avenue , 

Hew  York  City. 

Bear  Mr.  Baruoh: 

I  am  in  reoeipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
22nd  instant  and  would  say  in  reply  to  your 
question  that  the  big  chandelier  in  the  Kotunde 
in  Vienna  was  installed  at  the  time  of  the  Eleo- 
trioal  Exposition  in  that  city  in  1883  by  our 
European  representative,  Etienne  Fedor,  of  Buda 
feat,  It  could  not  have  been  in  1873,  as  the 
incandescent  lamp  was  not  invented  until  1879.  - 

Yours  very  truly, 

Phillips  Sheet  ana.  Tin  Plate  Co  •  t 

Weirton,  West  Virginia. 

Gentlemen : 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  E2na 
instant ,  let  me  say  that  I  have  perfected  no 
substance  for  use  in  the  pickling  of  blaok 
sheets  and  the  manufacture  of  tin  plates. 

It  looks  to  me  as  though  some  unknow  person 
is  trying  to  make  some  easy  money. 


Mov.  27th.  1916. 

Mr-  J.  I.  C.  Clarke, 
169  ><est  96th  Street, 
Mew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Clarke: 

I  am. in  receipt  of  your  esteemed  favor 
of  the  23rd  instant,  and  would  say  that  I  shall  he 
very  glad  indeed  to  give  Mr.  Giovanni  Romilli  an 
opportunity  of  making  a  trial  record,  so  that  we 
can  determine  whether  or  not  we  oan  use  him  in  mak¬ 
ing  regular  records . 

Thinking  you  you  would  perhaps  like  to 
send  him  the  enclosed  letter  yourself,  I  am  forward¬ 
ing  it  to  you. 

Please  accept  my  sincere  thanks  for  all 
your  kind  wishes,  which  are  heartily  reciprocated. 

flov.  goth.  1916 

Mr.  0.  E.  Johnson, 

%  The  Goodyear  Tire  &  Bubbex  Co . , 

Akron,  Ohio. 

Dear  Mr-  Johnson: 

Ur.  Edison  requests  me  to  write  to 
you  and  ask  you  not  to  forget  about  sending 
him  sample  of  the  sheet  rubber  that  he  talked 
about  with  you.  He  is  in  somewhat  of  a  hurry 
to  get  it. 

When  you  send  it,  please  address  the 
package  to  mjs,  and  I  will  bring  it  to  his  atten¬ 
tion  immediately  on  its  reoeipt. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Ur Edison. 

ilr.  ThomaB  Hobins, 
13  Park  How, 

Hew  York  City. 

y-a  o- 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  26th  instant 
in  regard  to  the  invention  of  Mr.  Candee  and  his  friend  of  a  dru 
claimed  to  be  equal  to  "Salvarsan"  or  "Ho.  606". 

Are  you  quite  sure  that  Phenol  is  used  in  the  pro 
duotion  of  this  drug?  I  thought  it  was  a  Benzol  -  Arsenic  com¬ 
pound.  Perhaps  they  mix  it  with  Benzol.  Will  you  please  find 
out  what  is  the  smallest  quantity  of  Phenol  they  can  get  along 
with  for  the  time  being,  and  Iwill  see  if  I  can  spare  it.  Pos¬ 
sibly  I  might  be  able  to  spare  the  quantity  you  mention,  namely, 
76  to  100  pounds  a  day  in  the  early  part  of  next-year. 

Yours  very— truly. 


Deoember  l,  1915. 

MaVal  Oon«*«i?«  Board  of  the  u.  8.. 

Thoma.  Robine.  Secretary 

Bear  Sir:  7  "  ~ 

^  lett"  -  *•«  “Itiao  received. 
1  «  onoloeing  herewith  Hr.  BdiBOn.. 

rr— — - 
xr  r1”*1”-  — 

notify  him  to  that  effect. 

?ours  very  truly, 

Secretary.  J 



Mr.  Ghas.  k.  Cregler, 

fcau  r^e0t?i0al  I^pootioa, 
wept,  of  Gas  ana  Eleotrioity 
Chicago,  Illinois.  y’ 

Bear  Mr.  Cragier? 

I  am  sorry  to  say  in 

reply  to  your  reoent  request  that  for  various 
commercial  reasons  our  people  around  here  will 
not  permit  ms  to  make  a  phonograph  record  of 
By  voioe,  so  I  shall  be  unable  to  comply  with 
your  request. 

I  am  wondering  .whether 

if  I  sent  one  of  my  Laboratory  men  to  give  you 
a  Heoital  on  one  of  my  latest  Phonographs,  it 

would  be  satisfactory?  _ 

Yours  very-- truly. 

Cl  - 


December  let.  191 

Deo.  1,1915, 

Mr.  Clarenae  poe 
™«S^0nt  and  Mi  tor, 
p«?»^ere8sive  farmer, 
Raleigh,  Horth  Carolina 

I  aci  in  receipt  of 
“  «“  26‘”  I*.,  and  thresh  y„  j 
send  my  greeting  to  the  Boys  of  the  Corn  Clubsf  *'■ 
Sunny  South,  „4  h0Je  tlw  wu  ,nr  ^ 

’  “•  *°04  -on.  thing.  „„ 

*"*  01  f“"4  «“■>  their  father,  ttoasht 

possible,  tter.  ls  )ust  „  ohaBlstqr  ma 

solenoo  to  b.  explored  In  super- farming  as  la  a 
Chemical  Laboratory,  some  day  tbe  super-tarmer 
will  be  the  banner  oltls.n  of  the  United  states. 

I  would  say  to  the 

Boys,  howerer,  that  nothing  m  this  mrli  „  „,r 
aooompllehed  except  by  experimenting  and  very  hard 

Yours  very  truly,- 



Nov. 30, 1915. 

Dr.  Byken  S.  N.  Takagi, 
105  East  1st  Street, 

1,03  Angeles,  Cal. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  beg  to  acknowledge 

receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  22nd  Inst. ,  and 
of  the  fine  album  of  photographs  which  you 
made  of  me  on  my  recent  visit  to  los  Angeles. 

I  am  very  glad  indeed  to  get  these  photographs 
and  appreciate  your  courtesy  very  muon. 

I  am  surprised  to  see 
that  you  got  so  many  pictures,  and  that  they 
are  so  fine,  considering  the  great  difficulties 
under  which  you  labored  in  making  the  exposure. 
Yours  very  truly. 


December  1.  1915. 

New  York  Child  Welfare  Committee. 

Mr  Amo«  L.  Prescott,  Treasurer. 

30  E.  42nd  St.,  Hew  York  City. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Ultimo  r  an  \?d  ln  your  letter  of 


he  suggests  to*  ato^the^ondit  i to  write  Y°u  that 
letter,  that  the  CityexolSd  8„?en  °ned  ia  y°ur 
faotwrie#  in  Se  denee  area  of  M^  ^ tins  of  ^  more 
aad  thus  drive  the  factories  and*?*^**”  and  Broo*lyn: 

Yours  very  truly. 


3&  do  sure. 


A.  ■ 

iss  Mar  its  A. 

276  _  9  th  Avenue , 
an  Francisco.  Cal. 

jear  Madam:  . 

_  +v,a  23rd  instant  has  been  received. 

Your  favor  of  the  23rd 

,  v,av  that  we  can  tell  Aether  your  voice 

iTd  To  suitable  to  -he  records  for  the  Edison  FhonoeraPh. 

.that  is  to  make  trial  record  at  our  only  Recordrng 
&I1  .  h  ls  ab  79  Fifth  Avenue.  Hew  *ork  City.  X±  y°u 

partment ,  which  will  -he 

ever  corns  to  Hew  York,  **  0611  ther6* 

a  trial  record  and  send  it  over  here  '  say 

r  +o  avoid  any  misunderstanding- .  * 

that  we  do  not  pay  the  expenses  of 

—  — 

- — -  r  m 

ingers  for  our  purpo 

,  i&  not  more  than  about  kf 
Yours  very  truly , 



H-  Ingereoll  &  Bro., 

316  Fourth  Avenue, 

Mew  York  City. 


Your  favor  of  the  29th  ultimo,  signed  hy  your 
to-  C.  H.  Hoffman,  has  been  received,  and  laid  before  me. 

let  me  say  in  reply  that  during  the  time  of  my 
work  on  the  electric  light,  I  always  carried  an  Ingereoll 
watch  in  my  pocket,  aB  stated,  as  I  did  not  want  to  risk 
spoiling  more  expensive  watches  on  account  of  the  magnet¬ 
ism  of  dynamo  machines,  among  which  X  spent  a  great  deal 
of  time.  I  have  not  used  a  watch  of  any  kind  Bince  that 

I  have  no  objection  to  your  using  this  statement 
and  my  picture  in  &  catalogue,  but  I  do  object  to  its  use 
in  advertisements  published  in  newspapers,  magazines,  etc. 

Yours  very  truly,  .? 

Cl  - 


..nomas  A.  Edison,  I 
164  V, ’ardour  Street, 
london,  England. 

I  suppose  you  will  probably  thin*  that  we  have 

gone  to  sleep  over  here  when  j 

5u  call  to  mind  your  letter  of 

eptember  14th,  enclosing  a  letter  dated  August  SSrd,  1916  fron 
the  Tricolor  Animatograph  Syndicate  Limited,  86  Tontine  Street, 
Folkestone.  The  whole  matter  was  handed  over  to  one  of  our  En¬ 
gineers  for  investigation  and  report,  and  he  neglected  to  send 

•eport  to  Mr.  Edison. 

However,  it  has  been  l 

i  reported  upon,  and  Mr. 

Edison  requests  me  to  say  that  the  verdict  is  against  the  c< 
mercial  availability  of  this  invention  at  the  present  time, 

I  return  herewith  the  letter  from  the  Tricolor 
Animatograph  Syndicate  limited,  also  copy  of  patent  with  draw¬ 
ings  attsched,  also  two  envelopes  containing  sample  films. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Ediscjh. 

Mr.  (Theodore  Weickor,  V.  Pres., 

E.  R..  Squibb  &  Sons, 

78  Besfcftan  Street, 
flew  York  City. 

My  dear  Mr.  ISeioker; 

Please  pardon  the  delay  in  replying  to  your 
esteemed  favor  of  the  29th  ultimo.  We  have  been  so  very 
busy  that  our  mail  is  somewhat  delayed. 

Ur.  Edison  and  I  talked  over  the  matter  oover- 
ed  by  your  letter,  and  he  wishes  me  to  say  to  you  that  we 
are  so  crowded  with  contracted  requirements  for  the  remain¬ 
der  of  this  year,  that  it  will  not  be  possible  to  increase 
our  deliveries  until  the  early  part  of  January,  when  v;e  thank 
we  shall  be  able  to  let  you  have  200  pounds  a  day. 

You  told  us  what  you  thought  your  yearly  re¬ 
quirements  would  be  if  you  could  get  all  you  wented,  but  we 
cannot  remember  the  figure  you  gave  us.  Will  you  kindly  le’- 
me  know  what  this  is . 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  PlaS^on. 


•  3rd.  19X5. 

K>  / 

^r.  Thomas  a.  Hill 

,  w  JT  01  the  ‘so“*  i“t“*  *■  *«■> 

of  the  Mtt  ZZ  ^  ““0l’  ln  “*  l0'“6  *’°St  “SP*toh 

"U1  “  -  *<>  -r  Cotton  on  tte 

W  oeiul  supply  of  notepaper  olippl„Bs. 

X.t  ..  say  tn  reference  to  J0ia.  lsMw  tto(  i  h^e 
Of  iojy.014  or  offered  Pitre  Me.  f„r  pl„mnB  Pu„0,e>. 

A»  to  the  patent  tontdoned  ty  you,  1  We  never 
did  I  know  of  its  existence. 

Mtre  cake  has  been  used  in  England  and  Oenuwy  for 

thirty  years  past,  for  certain  kinds  of  pickling-r- - 

Yours  very  truly , 

Deo.  3rd.  191: 

Mr.  Frederick  A.  Whiting, 

11  State  Street, 

Framingham  Center,  Mass. 

Dear  Mr.  Whiting: 

Your  favor  of  the  24th  ultimo,  written  to  me  f 
Cleveland  was  received  and  read  with  much  interest.  I  sent  i 
to  our  chief  Sales  Manager  for  his  information,  and  I  think  y 
would  probably  be  interested  to  read  his  answer.  It  is  as  fol 

"Referring  to  ilr.  Whiting's  letter, 

X  am  sure  that  there  is  consider¬ 
able  disaffection  among  Victor  deal¬ 
ers,  contributed  to  by  the  increased 
competition  and  other  causes. 

X  Judge  from  Mr.  Whiting's  letter  that 
he  has  been  criticising  our  cabinets. 

It  is  well  worth  remembering  in  this  con¬ 
nection  that  ours  are  the  only  phono- 
graph  cabinets  that  consistently  pat- 
tern  after  the  great  furniture  design¬ 
ers.  It  seems  to  me  it  requires  con- 
siderable  temerity  to  criticise  the  work 
of  Adam  and  Sheraton.  Certainly  when  the 
new  260  Chippendale  is  on  the  market  we 
shall  have  the  finest  line  of  cabinets  xn 
a  furniture  sense  of  any  talking  machine 
manufacturer.  Shis,  of  course,  does  not 
mean  that  Judged  by  cubic  contents  we 
give  equal  furniture  values,  but  it  does 
mean  that  in  a  true  furniture  3ense  our 
cabinets  are  superior  to  those  of  any 
of  the  talking  machine  people-  It  re¬ 
mains  for  us  to  get  this  thought  over 
with  the  public.  We  have  not  even  yet 
succeeded  in  doing  it  with  our  own  deal¬ 
ers.  Indeed,  some  of  our  people  nore  in 
the  office  do  not  realize  that  our  furniture 
designs  are  right  in  the  full  sense  of.. the 

Yours  very  truly,... 

Deo. 4, 1915 

Dr.  L.  H.  Baekeland, 

Yonkers,  New  York. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  hare  received  your 
favor  of  the  30th  ult.,  enclosing  copy 
of  your  informal  report.  I  have  read  this 
paper  with  great  deal  of  interest.  It  is 
extremely  good  and  states  the  case  clearly. 

I  am  awaiting  the  receipt 
of  Admiral  Melvill's  paper  from  Mr.  Whitney 
before  I  oan  do  anything  regarding  Laboratory. 

Mr.  Daniels  requested  that 
I  read  it.  _ 

Yours  very  truly',' 

Mr.  H.  E..  Dick, 
Marquette  Building, 
Chicago ,  Ill. 

.  I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  first  instant  in 
regard  to  Felspar.  A  lot  of  money  has  been  expended  in  the 
last  year  and  a  half  on  endeavors  to  get  Potash  from  Felspar. 
A  lot  of  patents  have  been  taken  out,  but  the  cost  of  refin¬ 
ing,  the  considerable  investment  required,  and  the  certainty 

of  shutting  down  the  plant  when  the  1 

■  is  over  deters  people 

from  going  into  it  t 

i  commercial  venture. 

Your  Felspar  is  not  high  grade.  In  Utah  there  is 
one  dump  at  a  large  copper  mine  where  they  have  five  steam 
shovels,  and  there  is  at  least  three  million  tons  of  good 
grade  already  crushed. 

My  advice  to  you  is  to  keep  out. 

Yours  very  truly. 

/-)  /T* ,A’ 

1)60  •  6th.  1915. 


Gentlemen : 

t0„th  l0”  °*  *’»  IMW, 

'  ”  with  ts.  t„0  poun4s  ^  ilnMts  ^ 

"°’Uu-  ».  Mm  to  „ 

r"  “S  t6“‘S  *  »»  tu. 

*«  “« »«.«.  ™  1«  for  „„  llna. 

for  tho  t™  pounds 

kindly  forwarded. 

He  wishes  me  to  ash  you  to  mate  him 
a  quotation  of  price  on  Alunite  in  loo  ton  lots 
f rus ting  that  you  can  favor  us  with  an  early 
reply,  x  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Ediso^. 

lurvu^at  Ctita^  ^ 

ks-V  v«  epo 


Deo .4 ,1915 , 

Mr.  M.  H.  Harrison,  Secretary, 
American  Bankers  Association, 
No.  5  Nassau  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  have  received 

your  favor  of  the  30th  ult.,  and  in  view 
of  the  conditions  therein  stated,  I  have 
reoonsidered  the  matter  and  decided  to 
accept  membership  on  your  Thrift  Commission. 

Yours  very^.tru'lyi 

Deo. 4, 1915 

Mrs.  F.  K.  Pennington, 

808  -  8th  Ave., 

Brooklyn,  N.  Y. 

Dear  Madam: - 

Your  favor  of  the  30th  ult. 
has  been  referred  to  me,  and  I  have  read  it  with 
much  interest.  Your  device  is  a  good  one,  but  most 
people  do  not  know  enough  about  music  to  work  it 
oorreotly.  The  reason  that  the  music  sounds  better 
when  the  volume  i3  changed,  is  that  ovary  singep 
has  many  defects  is  his  or  her  voice.  These  de¬ 
fects  are  very  slight  in  most  oases,  yet  you  hear 
them  and  they  detract  from  the  beauty  of  the  tone. 

By  diminishing  the  volume  you  render  them  inaudible, 
hence,  a  greater  beauty  of  the  tone.  The  new  Diamond 
Disc  has  no  tone  of  its  own,  nor  has  it  the  ordinary 
phonograph  tone.  It  reproduces  exaotly  the  tone  of 
the  singer,  defects  and  all. 

This  is  not  so  with  Phonographs 
of  other  makes.  You  are  the  first  person  outside 
of  the  Laboratory  to  note  the  improvement_;by  muting. 


Deo. 4, 1915. 

Mra .  H.  S.  Robinson, 
Detroit,  Michigan. 
Dear  Madam : - 

I  have  received  your  favor  of 
the  28th  ult.,  and  would  say  that  our  factory  is 
not  equipped  to  change  a  machine  from  an  open 
horn  to  one  of  the  concealed  horn  type.  I  advise 
you  not  to  have  this  done  anyway,  in  both  oases 
the  horn  is  actually  used,  but  in  one  case  the 
horn  is  concealed  and  this  makes  the  music  not 
so  clear  and  sweet  as  it  is  when  the  horn  is  out 
in  the  air,  for  the  reason  that  the  concealed 
horn  must  be  made  smaller  and  of  a  less  desirable 
shape . 

When  we  desire  to  hear  Reoords 
under  the  best  conditions  here  at  the  Laboratory, 

we  use  the  exposed  horn. 

Yours  very  truly, 



Deo.  6th.  1916, 

Mr.  T/illiam  1.  Saunders, 

11  Broadway, 

New  York  City. 

My  dear  Saunders : 

I  noticed  in  a  letter  from 
Secretary  Daniels  wherein  the  very  desir¬ 
able  things  are  set  forth,  that  they  already 
used  kerosene  to  heat  up  the  compressed  air. 
Therefore,  they  have  gotten  to  the  end  of 
compressed  air. 

I  had  not  noticed  this  before^ 
Yours  vejy-'truly , 


Deo.  6th.  1915. 

Mr.  E.  E-.  Smith, 

Editorial  Department, 
national  Magazine, 

Boston,  Mass. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of 
the  first  instant,  together  with  the  proof 
of  paragraph  prepared  hy  Mr.  Chappie  for 
use  in  your  Washington  Department. 

X  have  no  news  that  the  Hotel 
Prize  has  been  awarded  to  me,  in  fact,  the 
prize  is  intended  for  men  who  work  without 
hope  of  reward,  and  need  the  money  to  con¬ 
tinue  their  labors.  It  would  be  contrary 
jto  the  wishes  and  intent  of  the  late  Mr. 
Nobel  that  men  like  myself  should  receive 
the  prize. 

I  think,  therefore,  you  had  betti 



Leo.  6th.  1915. 

Mr.  P.  Z.  Crane, 

Pilling  &  Crane, 

Broad  &  Chestnut  St;s., 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Bear  Mr .  Crane : 

£  am  in  receipt  of  your 
favor  of  the  second  instant  in  regard  to 
bonds,  let  me  say  in  reply  that  after 
January  I  will  see  the  other  bond  holders 
and  let  you  know  what  I  can  do. 

If  you  desire  to  have 
$10,00Q.  or  $15,000.  worth  of  your  bonds 
redeemed  at  par  and  accrued  interest,  the 

Storage  Battery  Company  has  the  money 

Mr  A,  W.  Epright,  Scale  Inspector, 

®hi  Pennsylvania  Bailroad  Company, 

Altoona,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  20th  ultimo  was  handed  to  Ur-  Edison 
for  his  attention  ,  and  he  revests  us  to  say  to  you  in  reply 
that  up  to  date  we  have  made  six  records  of  the  Sextette  of 
Booi.  and  five  records  of  the  Quartette  from  Eigoletto.  All 
th~.e  hove  bean  made  with  different  singers  of  good  standing  ana 
reputation,  but  so  far  the  records  have  not  come  up  to  Ur.  Edison 

— -  — 

f.ttti sfactory  before  a  great  while. 

If  will  probably  interest  you  to  learn  that  Mr 

t  the  12"  record  next  year.  m.  Cambria  Stee 
expects  tc  bring  out  the  studio  for 

Company  have  just  finished  a  ^  wm  ^  enabledto  record 

Ur.  Edison,  wherein  he  expec  s  tho  other 

all  the  Beethoven  Symphonies,  as  well  as 
Masters  on  12-  discs,  played  by  40  instruments. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Edison  Laboratory. 


Phillips  Sheet  ana  Tin  Plate  Co . , 

Since  writing  you  a  few  days  ago 
I  find  that  there  are  parties  selling  Acid 
Compounds  for  pickling,  claiming  that  the  cc 

.-is  incorrect. 

L  do  good  pickling 

.  Sulphate,  which  1  • 

from  the  American  Oil  &  Supply  Company,  52 
Lafayette  Street,  Uevvark,  M.  J .  This  will  do 
pickling  very  much  cheaper  than  the  straight 

Yours  very  truly, 

.National  Water  Still  Co., 

1111  East  Seoond  Street, 

Dayton,  Ohio. 


Replying  to  your  favor  of  the 
first  instant,  let  me  express  my  regret 
that  I  cannot  say  that  I  drink  distilled 
water/  Nor  a  time  my  men  and  I  used 
distilled  water,  hut  found  that  the  ab¬ 
sence  of  the  usual  Balts  made  the  water 
disagree  with  us,  so  we  quit  and  returned 
to  the  regular  drinking  water. 

ery- truly. 


Prof.  Malcolm  MacLaren, 

Princeton  University, 

Princeton,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir : 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
second  instant.  My  recollection  is  that  the 
type  of  dynamo  which  I  gave  to  Princeton  Uni¬ 
versity  many  years  ago,  is  one  of  the  original 
type  with  which  we  started  business,  but  X  am 
not  sure  of  it.  The  language  of  the  name  plate 
does  not  convey  sufficient  information  to  enabl 

me  to  answer  your  question. 

1  think  if  you  were  to  send  me  a  pho' 
graph  of  the  machine  and  mark  the  dimensions  u] 
it,  I  might  be  able  to  make  so 
would  be  satisfactory  to  you. 

Yours  very  1 

statement  tha1 

Deo.  6th.  1915 

Mr.  A.  A.  Xennie, 

San  Diego ,  Cal . 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  nice  letter  of  the  second  in¬ 
stant  was  received.  Let  me  thank  you  there¬ 
for,  and  also  that  I  greatly  appreciate  your 
kind  sentiments  regarding  myself. 

I  would  add  for  your  information 
that  I  never  had  any  intention  of  accompany¬ 
ing  Mr.  Ford  on  his  peace  trip  to  Europe. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Mr.  A.  Kravchenko, 

606  East  140th  Street, 
hew  York  City. 

Your  letter  to  Mr.  Edison  has  been  received.  He  wishes 
us  to  say, in  reply  that  if  he  were  to  loan  money  to  all  those  who 
ask  him,  he  would  require  ten  times  more  money  than  Mr.  Morgan  has. 
He  wonders  how  you  can  be  so  Impracticable  as  to  think  that  he 
could  advance  money  to  anyone  who  asks  him.  He  says  could  you  not 
go  to  work  and  -earn  some  money,  so  that  in  time  you  oouia  pun- 



Mrs.  J?rank  H.  Hills, 
Highlands) ,  H  •  C. 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  second 
instant,  let  me  say  that  I  have  never  made  any 
special  invention  to  safeguard  the  lives  of  line 
men,  and  I  do  not  lmow  of  any  spedial  device 
for  this  purpose. 

your  son  ought  to  have  been  trained 
properly,  and  should  have  been  supplied  with 
rubber  gloves  and  boots.  If  this  had  been 
he  would  not  have  mot  with  the  sa&  fate  men- 

Yours  very  truly 

£  jtf9«v  York  Edison  Company. 

&  15th.  Street, 
Jew  York  City. 

is  always  a  pleasur e  to  me  to Hl5fOlrt0  the  fact  that  it 
happy,  but  IamSidthati  “ V  ??n  t0  f*9  you 

regard  to  Miss  Munn,  who  rade  a  trL^Lt0/i8app0fnt  you  in 
cording  laboratory  a  So rf  time  1  Xe°°X*  °V9r  at  our  Ee' 

^  system  of  recording  is  the  most  severe  teat  n-p  = 
8i"fe?’s  vol?e  ^at  I  know  of.  An  artist  may  sinrever  sS  ae 

onPraee?fl?S  *+?  con?ert  Platform  or  on  the  operatic  stage?  but 
ia  :t&e  voio®  on  the  phonograph  every  trifling  defect 

is  shown  up  and  cannot  be  eradicated.  At  a  conoert  or  theatre 
the  hum  of  the  audience,  the  little  extra  noises  of  the  ac¬ 
companying  instruments  and  other  slight  noioee  cover  all  trifl¬ 
ing  defects,  but  you  cannot  conceal  them  from  the  phonograph. 

vj.  ?  ^aa  0XPert  travelling  all  over  Europe  for  two 
yearj  obtaining  trial  records  of  all  the  opera  and  concert 
singers  who  were  of  reputation.  These  were  sent  over  to  me, 
and  I  have  pretty  near  3,000  of  them.  It  will  surprise  you 
to  learn  that  not  more  than  3$t  of  these  were  accentabio.  miiie. 
however,  will  bear  out  what.' I  stated  above. 

There  are  certain  teohnioal  requirements  which  we  are 
obliged  to  inBist  upon  for  our  recording,  and  I  am  Borry  to  say 
that  Miss  Munn's  voice  was  not  one  that  came  up  to  our  standard, 
and  although  I  am  constantly  on  the  lookout  for  additional 
artists,  I  am  sorry  that  I  shall  be  unable  to  add  her  to  our 
list.  I  regret  this  as  I  am  rather  inclined  towards  the  French 
proverb,  "The  friendAof  our  friends  are  our  friends",  and  this 
is  the  reason  why  X  want  to  write  yo.u  fully  about  the  matter. 

Yours  veryv truly;  ‘  ) 


iiafcon  &  .rtonain  Co., 
t Doyis  +,oji  Street, 
Boston,  Utee. 

Dear  Mr.  Meson: 

Deo.  7th.  1915. 

whleh  reo.iwflnmJn0«Sfi!tatt.SlJn!aTOr  °f  the  24th 

the  private  oircular^letteve1™^  1  Presuja0you  refer  to  was  one  of 

Si!--  «•  -oVisjsfi-  r1ffi°5S^.rj1.t.2E 

that  equals  the  Steinwayyfor  our^reonr^i  haVe  not  found  plane 
tried  many  makes.  If  there  is'imv  he+fi^  Proses,  -  and  we  have 
I  have  read  the  article  in  the  one  £  want  to  knov''  it- 

ly  seems  as  if  you  till  "*  “  °ertain- 

which  harden  in^e^e^r °IX£L^°^d  be„in  the  striki“e  Pads, 


£i#^  £3  SSH  ** 

"ill  juiff  new  piano  De 
I  refer  to  the  upright  type. 

Yours  very  truly, 


A  few  weeks  ago  you  asked  me  to  give  you  a  letter  for 
young  lady  to  go  over  to  our  Recording  Laboratory  and  make  a  trial 
card.  She  went  there  and  made  the  trial  record,  which  was  sent  over 
r  Mr.  Edison  to  hoar.  I  wish  X  could  make  you  a  more  favorable  re- 
rr.  about  .it,  but  unfortunately  cannot  do  it.  In  explanation,  I  do 
t  think  that  X  can  do  better  than  to  quote  the  following  which  was 
Itten  by  Mr.  Edison  to  a  personal  friend  in  a  similar  case. 

"My  system  of  recording  is  the  moBt  severe  test  of  a 
singer's  voice  that  I  know  of.  An  artist  may  sing 
ever  so  acceptably  on  the  concert  platform  or  on 
the  operatic  stage',  but  on  recording  the  voice  on 
the  phonograph  every  trifling  defect  is  shown  up  and 
cannot  bo  eradicated.  At  a  concert  or  theatre  the 
hum  of  the  audience,  the  little  extra  noises  of  the 
acoomuanying  instruments  and  other  slight  noises 
cover* all  trifling  defects,  but  you  cannot  conceal 
them  from  the  phonograph. 

I  had  an  expert  travelling  all  over  Europe  for  two- 
years  obtaining  trial  records  of  all  the  opera  and 
concert  singers  who  were  of  reputation.  These  were 
sent  over  to  me,  and  I  have  pretty  near  3,000  of  them. 

I*fc  will  surprise  you  to  learn  that  not  more  than  3/& 
of  these  were  acceptable.  This,  however,  will  bear 
out  what  I  stated  above. 

There  are  certain  technical  requirements  which  we  are 
obliged  to  insist  upon  for  our  recording,  and  I  mb 

sorry  to  say  that  Miss  9 - -  voice  was  not  one  that 

came  up  to  our  standard,  and  although  I  am  constantly 
on  tho  lookout  for  additional  artists,  I  am  sorry 
that  I  shall  be  unable  to  add  her  to  our  list." 

You  will  see  from  the  above  that  the  conditions  are 
e:  y  severe,  and  there  is  no  appeal.  I  am  sorry. 

With  kina  regards,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly , 

your  CLUsstions 

-ue  that  wireless  oompaniet 
included  in  the  above  o  ue  £ 

!  present 

•  1)0  you  think  that  this  might  cause  the 
government  a  serious  finanoial  loss  in 
case  it  bought  up  the  present  wire  linos  V 

Yos.  Unless  it  leased  them  to  a  business 
corporation  to  operate. 

I  think  that  If  the  Government  bought 
the  telephone  and  telegraph  lines  it  should  never 
operate  them  themselves,  but  lease  them  to  operat- 


them  oa%  a  business  proposi- 

r  that  sometime  ago  I  mada 
i  due  a;,  tonal  pictures,  ana 
the  Educators  therein,  i 
owotrer.  ana  gave  it  up,  an 

instant,  let  me  say 

553  west  4  Pad  q+“J’ 

«W  W Cityf  *  • 

ioar  Sir; 

of  the  1  60  t?1  r""°iP  t'  °f  *>«r  favor 
Mili instant,  'oud  ^  . 


15  oae  °f  ■>  awards  .:;:r " youre 

^production  of  raUalc.  0t 

Hr.  Alfred ^  """k8  ln  refiard  *> 

■  .  onderson.and  would  say  that 

ln  6  S  WSre  a  reasonable  dis- 

H  00  the  lBb0rat0ry  -  1  ^-Id  glad 
po.i  iiaental  ■  record  at  anytime  that  ie  00n. 
ven i an ,,  to  him.'  I  would  suggest,  however 
'  h8  °°“lcate  with  my  Assistant,  Hr. 

”  &  **  0^  so  in  advance^ _ 

Xours  very  truly; - "" 

<^ftunQ  CliU-c^ _ 

_  six™1 

Bea,  Sir:  '' **">*  ot 

8«lsl,,s  .^i  — 

-.*■  *  u .*«.«. »  «** 
y,^W^IV5f11'0®  r  VB8  ®WB  ioi4 

;  ....,,,  *e«*<**<  ^  one  of  the  *•*  waS 

"°Ut"  X  tVia  journal. 

^seif*  ,  PolytecnniBo^ 

•,  a  in  BingW*’8  ^  volumes . 

■  — -- 
x,o  LiWaxy. 

....  in  tne  St- 

iiBrary-  t0  tbe  arti°  tvat  'Bomo 

in  reBS-xa  Bizea  lt  up 

*  xiiBpatola’  1  ba  ,cia  suip^ateB 

Pauls  lost  Bis?  tpese  ^°ia  • 

M«w  -  w“e  * 815  ,~2^> 

aura  very 

Mias  June  Keith, 
Hubbard  Woods,  3 


I  have  received  your  favor  of  the 
second  instant,  and  am  sending  it  to  Mr. 
Leonard  7? .  McChesney,  who  now  has  charge  of 
oar  Motion:  Picture  Studio .  I  have  asked 

MoCheoney  to  communicate  with  you,  and 
i  no  doubt  that  he  will  do  so  promptly. 
3fourB  very  truj.y-,—' 

b  i 

J  Be c.  lOth.  1915; 

0.-  B«..  Eaynee  £ 
200  EaBt  Broad 
Eichmond  t  Va. 

Co. , 

Strs>  ft;. 

Gentlemen ; 

i5r.  *» 

.alter  Hiller  has  forward ea 

to  me'  your  fsv; 

>r  to  him  of  the  seventh  in- 

eter.t  in  r  agars 

i  to  Hawaiian  records,  let 

me  Bay  in  rep!; 

i-  t !;>•.  ;  >a  now  orchostra  Is 

coming  here  di: 

root  from  Honolulu,  ana  we 

expect  their  a: 

rrival  about  January.  Ehie 

will  be  the  be 

St  Of  all  the  Hawaii ana. 


one- third  of  the  Victor 

Hawaiian  recor 

ds  -any  good.  _ _ ^ 



Mr.  &.  Kravchenko , 

577  East  137th  Street, 
hew  York  City. 

Mr.  Edison  wishes  us  to  send  you 

"(ill  you  kindly  write 

the  enclosed  $15.00.  Yd 
a  letter  acknowledging  i 

you  can  write  scenarios  for  motion  picture 
plays.  If  you  can  do  this  you  can  earn  some 
money.  Please  let  us  know,  because  if  your 
answer  is  in  the  affirmative,  Mr.  Edison  says 
he  can  give  you  a  chance. 



Deo .  15  th.  l&.U'- 

2he  2.  Hamilton  Company, 

815  liberty  Avenue, 

Pittsburgh,  Pa. 


Your  favor  of  the  seventh  instant  has  been  received. 
Perhaps  you  have  not  taken  into  consideration  that  the  letter 
referred  to  was  a  private  circular  letter  issued  to  our  dealers, 
and  was  not  an  advertisement  for  publication. 

If  the  writer  of  this  circular  letter  was  mistaken 
about  the  Steinway  being  the  best  piano,  what  piano  should  he 
have  specified". 

I  received  a  letter  from  the  liason  &  Hamlin  Company 
of  Boston  containing  the  same  criticisms  that  you  make  and  ex¬ 
plaining  about  their  new  piano  with  tension  rods.  'Phis  looks 
to  rne  as  if  it  were  a  big  improvement,  and  I  am  going  to  in- 

Yours  very  truly", 

vestigate  it  further. 


tl,ltsui  &  Company,  limited  , 

26  Madison  avenue, 

Hew  York  City.  Attention  of  Mr,.,  ehunz? Sakaki . 


deferring  to  youi-  favor  of  the  sixth  instant  and 
to  the  conference  which  you,  Mr  .Mingle,  Mr.  Mason  and  X  had 
some  little  time  ago,  in  regard  to  helping  you  out  on  the 
arrears  of  Toluol  for  the  Hercules  Company,  let  me  say  that 
my  old  contract  with  the  British  Government  expires  March 
1st,  and  I  shall  he  willing  to  let  you  have  from  my  Cambria 
Plant  the  total  production  of  Toluol  for  the  month  of  March, 
which  I  believe  will  be  fully  4400  gallons.  I  will  cna reo 
you  for  this  not  to  exceed  ;}8.18  per  gallon. 

Yours  vepy^tfruly ,  ^ 


Dec-  13th.  13H 

ilr.  George  j?.  Shaver, 

%  ;i3  len  &  Gintor, 

Richmond ,  7a. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yoar  favor  of  the  seventh  instant  has  been  forwarded 
to  me ,  and  I  wish  to  express  my  appreciation  of  all  the  good 
things  you  say  about,  the  Edison  Diamond  Disc.  X  am  jUBt  com¬ 
pleting  a  new  Recording  Studio,  which  I  have  designed  myself, 
and  I  expect  to  be  able  to  record  the  Symphonies  of  the  great 
iiautors  and  all  the  best  there  is  in  music,  and  I  think  you 
will  find  that  after  wo  get  this  new  Studio  there  will  be  a 
very  considerable  improvement  in  our  records  of  concerted  music 
I  thank  you  for  your  suggestion  of  the  two  selections 
"unfold  Ye  Portals",  and  "Praise  Ye".  One  of  these,  the  first 
one,  has  boon  rooorded  and  if  the  master  proves  satisfactory 
before  long. 

Yours  very  truly, 

if  will  ho  out 

Deo. 131915. 

Mr.  A.  H.  Handley, 

Steinert  Hall. 

Boston,  Mass. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Edison  reoeived  your 
favor  of  8th  inst.  in  regard  to  the  making  of 
Reoords  by  Mr.  Albert  Edmund  Brown,  Baritone. 

He  requests  me  to  say  in  reply  that  should  Mr. 

Brown  be  in  Hew  York  City  at  any  time,  we  would 
be  pleased  to  make  a  trial  Record,  which  would 
enable  us  to  determine  whether  or  not  his  voice 
would  meet  our  requirements. 

If  Mr.  Brown  is  coming  to 
New  York  at  any  time,  will  you  kindly  write  or 
have  him  write  to  me ,  a  day  or  two  in  advance, 
and  I  will  arrange  the  matter  with  our  Record¬ 
ing  Department. 

In  order  to  avoid  misunder¬ 
standing,  let  me  say  that  we  do  not  pay  the  exren.oes 
of  singers  coming  to  our  Recording  Rooms  in  New  York 
to  make  trial  Reoords. 


Yours  very  truly , 



ilr.  George  H.  Benjamin, 

66  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City. 

Bear  Mr.  Benjamin: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  18th  instant, 
with  copy  of  translation  of  German  Batent  #380.626,  Bering  method 
of  treating  films  for  the  removal  of  "tain  Stripes". 

It  looks  as  if  it  might  he  an  improvement,  and  I 
will  try  it  and  see  how  it  works.  Let  me  say.  however,  that  there 

would  he  trouble  in  introducing  it  or  getting  anything  out  of  tnre 
*  *  miv  methods  of  merchand re- 

invention  in  this  country,  on  account 

ing  films.  q  e  it  UFi0d 

She  film  rental  people  wouia  liko 

..  ^  w  °°uia  - «. ::n; ,r m 

„ovi.  housoo  h.™  n.  *»«*»'  “»* 

„t  „  to  ««  “*  S,li  *“  ’ 

General  Letterbook  Series 
Letterbook,  LB-109  (1915-1916) 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  December  1915-January  1916.  Most 
of  the  correspondence  is  by  Edison  and  William  H.  Meadowcroft  _S°me  of  the 
letters  pertain  to  Edison’s  benzol  absorbing  plants  and  chemical 
manufacturing  interests.  Included  are  several  references  to  the  fire  at 
Edison’s  chemical  plant  in  Silver  Lake,  New  Jersey.  There  is  also 
correspondence  expressing  Edison’s  opinions  about  matters  reiatmg  to  World 
War  I.  Other  items  deal  with  the  technical  and  commercial  develoPm®nt  °f 
motion  pictures,  phonographs,  and  storage  batteries.  The  correspondents 
include  investment  banker  Clarence  Dillon,  mathematician  and  elec  r  cal 
engineer  Charles  P.  Steinmetz,  phonograph  collector  Frederic  Allen  Whiting, 
and  representatives  of  Mitsui  &  Co. 

The  spine  is  stamped  "Letters"  and  is  marked  "T.A.E.  From  Dec.  16- 
1915  To  Jan.  27- 1916."  The  number  "47"  also  appears  on  the  spme.  The 
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Bee.  16th.  1915. 

lir.  Shoe. 

810  i.ialto  Building , 

Sau  li'r&no*800* 

W  Hr.  AMlson: 

Tlie  A»o  jlMtos*»JI“  “*  “* 
*1.0  1  ••*  *»  “  to“°  °"'  “ 

. . .  1»  .»«**  »«•  ®»  *“«*10’ 

*»  w  *»  *»»“»"*“  “  «“te,”ls“e 

w>.t  .riolMl  8tn»tM«  Of  1»*  M“a  * 

’  Wtk  Sl»« 

Your^vSry  truly/ 


Deo  .15 ,  1915 

Pennsylvania  Tank  line , 
JAr.G.F. Wood-Smith,  Pres. , 
St.  Louis,  Missouri. 

Gentlemen :- 

Your  favor  of  the  24th 
ult.  addressed  to  my  Company  has  been 
forwarded  to  me,  and  I  beg  to  say  in  re¬ 
ply  that  I  have  put  in  additional  storage 
capacity  for  benzole  at  my  Works,  so  that 
from  now  on  I  shall  have  aB  many  tank  oars 
as  I  can  use  with  those  already  leased'.' 

Yours  vc-ry  >rulyi 


1212  Bluff  Street, 
Keokuk,  la. 

Bear  Mr.  Taylor: 

I  have  an  apology  to  offer  for  the 
long  delay  in  acknowledging  receipt  of  your 
favor  of  the  12th.  Ultimo  and  the  paokage  ac¬ 
companying  it.  Possibly  you  may  not  be  aware 
of  the  fact  that,  since  the  beginning  of  the 
V,ar,  Mr.  Edison  has  established  nine  new  chem¬ 
ical  plants  in  order  to  provide  for  our  own 
requirements ,  and  to  help  out  our  American 
industries.  This  has  made  all  of  us  60  ex¬ 
ceedingly  busy  that  many  things  ^ve  been  temp. 

orarily  delayed. 

however,  your  matter  has  been  called 
to  Ur.  Edison's  attention  today,  and  I  have 
given  him  your  new  improved  device  so  that  be 
may  try  it,  and  we  can  report  lator. 

lours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 


<1 j 

Dec.  17th.  1915. 

Ur.  T.  I.  Crane, 

Pilling  &  Crane , 

i.enl  Estate  Irust  -Bldg., 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Dear  Mr .  Crane : 

1  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 

of  the  16th  instant  in  regard  to  the  Kominutor. 
Let  me  say  that  our  fine  grinding  rolls  will 
do  125  tons  per  hour  through  20  mesh  with  200 
H.  P.  We  know  about  the  Kominutor,  but  as  you 
will  see  from  the  above  we  can  do  better. 


Bee.  17th.  1916. 

D.  0.  Haynes  &  Company, 

3  Park  Place, 

Hew  York  City. 


•Replying  to  your  inquiry  of  the 
11th  instant  in  regard  to  Phenol  manufactured 
by  me,  let  me  say  that  I  have  two  factories, 
one  of  which  manufactures  about  7,000  pounds 
daily,  and  the  other  6,000  pounds  daily.  Ehe 
latter  will  have  a  capacity  of  9,000  pounds 
daily  a  little  later  on.  She  whole  of  this 
Phenol  is  used  in  the  United  States,  and  none 
exported  as  Phenol,  or  in  the  form  of  Picric 

You  are  liberty  to  use  my  name  in  con¬ 
nection  with  this  statement. 

Yours  very  truly-r~ 

December  20,  1915 • 

lire.  Lizzie  Wadsworth. 

Milan,  Ohio. 

Dear  Madam: 

I  am  enclosing  herewith  a  letter  received 
from  Mrs.  S.  H.  Baloom,  Brookevilla,  Flofida,  in 
regard  to  a  mortar  and  pestle  which  Mrs.  Balcom  says 
belonged  to  Ur.  Bdieon’s  father  and  which  is  now  in 
her  possession.-  Mr.  Mdison  wants  this  sent  to  you 
t„  your  Ml  «  «  »■  «»*  “»*  " 
uud  It.  Attar  you  Mr.  «*» 

Bulooio'  •  latter  tl»dU  tot""  tor 

Yours  very  truly. 


Deo.  20th.  1915. 

)  American  Clay  Machinery  Co., 

lour  favor  of  the  13th  instant  has  heen  received.  I 

im  informed  that  ordinary  Acid  Sulphates  ) 

s  now  used  for  pick¬ 

ling.  Shis  material  is  quite  cheap,  and  my  experiments  show  thal 

it  will  work  just  as  well.  •ssr  made  hy  vario".-  ehomioal  works 

She  American  Oil  &  Supply  Company,  &2  Ac vayette  Street, 
Newark,  H.  J. ,  handle  it.  You  had  hotter  get  %  pound  sample 
and  try  it  before  buying.  It  is  Bold  for  va,.-  .  k;  prices.  from 
five  to  seven  dollars  per  ton,  I  understand. 

Ewo  tons  equal  one  ton  of  Sulphuric  Acid,  and  it  is 
uBed  one  part  by  weight  to  one  part  of  rotor.  That  is  the  great 
est  strength  you  can  obtain  with  it. 

Llr.  Sugene  Grubb,- 
Carbondale,  Colo. 

Dear  Mr.  Grubb ; 

I  have  received  yo  *v  fnv;.r  •<?  the  10th  instant 
enclosing  copy  of  a  letter  which  •  •  written  by  you  some  weeks 
ago.  This  earlier  letter  to  reach  me. 

V.'e  are  just  i  .  th.:-  rush  of  our  phonograph  season, 
but  when  this  rush  t-v  *>?. I  c- ".v  «<;  could  lake  a  motion  pioturo 
of  cooking  and  bur c tins  '  t-  taveh  grains  and  other  phenomena 
of  the  potato.  /  Just  a:--,  hr.  baruer  is  very  busy  in  working  for 
me  in  bringing  out  a  new  motion  picture  machine ,  so  X  cannot 
very  well  take  him  off  this  job  for  the  present.  Perhaps  you 
will  be  go '’(V  enough  to  bring  up  this  subject  a  little  later,  say 
after  a  month  or  so. 

VYuea  I  was  in  California,  I  had  a  delightful  time 
With  Luther  Burbank,  who,  by  tho  way,  is  the  Balt  of  the  earth, 
ij.-f  v.o  thank  you  tor  your  kindness  in  communicating  with  Pres¬ 
ident  Sproule  in  this  connection. 

Yours  very^efuly._ 



Mr.  Charles  S’.  Both,  Manager, 

Second  national  Exposition  of  Chemical  Indus  tries, 
Hew  Grand  Central  Palaoe, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir : 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  fay or  of  the 
ninth  inBtaht  in  regard  to  the  Second  national 
Exposition  of  Chemical  Industrie's,  to  he  held 
at  the  Grand  Central  Palace  during  the  week  of 
September  25th,  1916. 

In  reply  let  me  ..~y  that  I  will  be¬ 
come  an  exhibitor  at  this  second  exposition,  and 
I  would  like  to  toko  She  same  space  that  I  oc¬ 
cupied  at  the  first  exposition,  which  was  recent¬ 
ly  held.  1  tf,i;.uae  that  the  cost  of  the^paee  will 
be  the  same. 

ri/r-.e..  acknowledge  receipt  and  advise 



•Use.  SlBt.  1916 

2ominlonUlronn&  St^Co8®108  Agent* 

Sydney,  Canadl!  “pany-  Wd., 

Dear  Sir: 

*m  mt°° <*.  °f  th* 

8hIW,“tB  “f  *»«  ”7“  1“'“” 

gallons  a.  day  as  P  th  extent  of  800 

y  as  per  our  contract.  you  wl,,  . 

Z  hare  tried  to  acoomn,  a  +  bear  in  311114  that 

— : 

zzz  :~rr  - 1  ~  ~  r 

— -  — —  to  :r:  ^ 

lours  very  trjjly-— _  ' 


Dee  .  24  th  .  1916/ 

G.  It.  Johnson,  Chief  Chemist 
ihe  Goodyear  fire  &  Rubber  Co. 

Akron,  Ohio.  ' 

Bear  Hr.  Johnson: 

Please  pardon  the  delay  in  replying  to  your 
favor  of  the  17th-  instant.  The  facts  about  the  package  con¬ 
taining  samples  are  as  follows. 

We  were  waiting  Impatiently  for  it,  but  it 
di'd  not  come.  The  package  was  addressed  to  Hr.  Churlee  Edison, 
Orange,  H.  3.,  and  went  to  the  house.  Charles  is  Hr.  Edison's 
son,  and  he  had  been  laid  up  with  the  grippe  for  several  days, 
consequently  the  package  and  his  mail  remained  unopened. 

On  the  morning  of  the  day  that  I  telegraphed  you 
the  package  had  been  found.  Hr.  Edison  saw  the  package  lying 
around  and  for  some  reason  that  he  oould  not  explain  for  him¬ 
self,  he  opened  it  and  therein  found  the  sample  he  had  boon  so 

i  tag  saying 

anxiously  waiting  for.  Inside  the  package 
"Attention  Hr.  Meadowcroft" . 

This  is  the  history  of  it.  Evidently  i 
mistake  of  some  clerk  in  your  establishment. 

Yours  very  truly, 

It  - 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Hr.  James  E.  Kompster, 

-he  James  Kemps ter  Printing  Co,. 

117  liberty  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Sear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  fourth  instant,  addressed  to  me  at 
Henlo  Part,  was  received  after  a  little  delay,  and  I  want  to 
thank  you  for  the  clipping  from  the  London  and  Liverpool  Journal 
of  Commerce,  containing  tho  paper  read  before  the  Belfast 
Association  of  Engineers  by  your  nephew  Hr.  John  Z.  Kemps ter . 

I  have  read  this  paper  with  a  great  deul  of  interest. 
It  is  very  fine  and  written  without  any  passion.  It  is  so  dif¬ 
ferent  from  the  invection  and  vituperation  that  to  usually  em¬ 
ployed  by  German  Scientific  men  when  writing  on  this 'sub Ject. 

I  am  writing  this  letter  to  you  xsersonally ,  and  would 
ask  that  you  refrain  from  making  it  public t; for  obvious  reasons. 

Yours  very  truly, _ ""  "  ^ 

lies  Q  (StOOl - 




Dec.  241;h.  1915. 

General  Chemical  Company 
26  Broad  Street, 

JJew  York  City. 

Attention  of  Mr.  J. _ H._ Ooetchius. 

gentlemen s 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  21st  instant  in 
regard  to  my  contract  with  you  for  98#  Sulphuric  Acid  for  rhiy- 
ment  to  Johnstown,  J?a. ,  and  regret  that  you  find  yourselves  un¬ 
able  to  renew  this  contract  from  February  28th,  1916.  ■ 

be  are  getting  exceedingly  short  of  98#  Acid  at  Johns- 
teen,  end  I  .ill,  therefore,  aeh  ,o«  to  .hip  Ml  «»  ««!»»* 
lot  to  Thom..  ».  Edi.on  Ben.ol  Slant.  OMtol.  Steel  towwt 
Johnstown,  »..  not  *»«  **"*» 

„f  the  existing  oontradt.  Sill  son  Hindis  he,,  thl.  order  give. 
„  attention,  end  eeh  »o»  Srafflo  1 

o  ..  to  .told  the  ...ergo  of  the  -lire.  ~ 

.  .  porrect  one  statement  made  in  your 

In  closing,  let  me  correct;  one 

erm,  »t  all  on  this  contract. 

letter ,  that  vie  have  not  drawn  On.  you  ut  ^ 

on  or  ahont  Jnls  30th  W*  n»  fro.  »e«.U,  -  ' 

ot  100,353  pound  s ,  whioh  ™.  —  jJJM*?1 

Youra>vtSrj'  trulyr-^ 

r,at  Johnstown. 

which  was 

Secretary  of  the  Treasury, 

Washington,  D.  0. 


I  am  desirous  of  ascertaining  what 
importations,  of  Benzol  have  Been  made  from 
Canada  into  the  United  States  during  the 
present  year,  ana  I  Believe  this  informa¬ 
tion  can  he  supplied  hy  your  Department. 

If  possible,  I  would  like  to  he  informed 
as  to  dates ,  quantities  and  point  of  ship- 


Dec.  27th.  1916. 

Supplee-Biddle  Hardware  Company, 

Monel  Metal  Department, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 


Your  favor  of  the  Blot  instant  to 
Mr.  Edison  has  he  oil  received ,  find  he  requests 
me  to  ask  you  that  you  would  kindly  send  him 
a  sample  of  the  Monel  Metal  in  sheet  form, 
as  he  wishes  to  test  it.  He  says  the  sample 
may  he  about  6"  square.  If  it  comes  in  various 
thicknesses,  you  might  send  him  a  sample  of 
several  gauges. 

Kindly  send  sample  addressed  to  me, 
so  that  I  may  bring  it  to  his  personal  atten¬ 
tion  on  receipt. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

'  f<  _  <  V't;  ' 

■  >•  -/L*-}  • 


<?  Q 

o.  28th.  .1915 

The  Grassellf  Chemical  Company, 

80  Maiden  -lane, 

Hew  Yojck  City. 

Gentlemen : 

Beferring  to  your  favor  of  the  16th  instant  relat¬ 
ing  to  our  contract  with  you  for  one  hundred  fifty  (160)  tone 
of  Oleum  covered  by  laboratory  Order  479,  I  note  that  your 
shipments  cover  only  281, 880  pounds . 

According  to  your  letter,  you  realize  that  this 
comes  short  of  our  order  by  18,200  pounds.  I  am  in  need  of 
every  pound  of  Acid  of  all  kinds  that  is  due  to  me  under  con¬ 
tract,  and  while  I  realize  that  18,200  pounds  is  a  compara¬ 
tively  small  quantity,  1  am  not  disposed  to  be  unreasonable 
by  insisting  on  delivery  of  this  quantity  of  Oleum  to  make 
up  the  amount  due  to  me  on  the  contract.  However,  I  am  will¬ 
ing  to  be  accommodating  and  if  you  will  have  your  Southern 
Plant  ship  18,200  pounds  of  98#  Sulphuric  Acid,  in  drums, to  my 
Benzol  Plant  at  Woodward,  Ala.,  at  the  same  price  you  are  now 
charging  me  for  98$  Acid,  we  will  call  it  square*, 

Yours  very. 

h'  ''  ...  xT 


Dec.  27th.  1915. 

LIr.  fhoraas  H.  Horton,  Commercial  Agent, 
Department  of  Commerce, 

Washington ,  D.  C. 

Dear  Mr .  Horton : 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  tho 
21et  instant,  let  ine  say  that  we  are  pro¬ 
ducing  monthly  about  as  follows  i 

Aniline  Oil  -  138,000  pounds. 

Hitrobenzol  -  46,000  " 

Phenol  -  300,000  " 

Paraphenylenedi amine  -  5,260  ” 

Sulphite  of  Soda  -  100  tons. 

I  have  been  following  your  Work 
ana  hope  that  you  will  keep  aotively  at  it  un¬ 
til  we  establish  a  big  chemical  industry  in 

this  country. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Deo.  29th.  1906. 

Mr.  Alfred  E.  Henderson, 

Aeolian  Hall, 

Mew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Henderson: 

I  consulted  with  Mr.  Edison  about  your  coming 
over  to  the  Laboratory,  in  accordance  with  the  arrangement 
proposed  in  your  favor  of  the  24th  instant  (which  was  received 
thiB  day),  and  he  sayB  that  he  would  much  rather  have  you  go 
to  our  regular  Recording  Department  in  Mew  York  to  make  a  trial 
record.  He  la  very  busy  indeed,  and  cannot  Bee  visitors  for 
some  time  to  come,  as  he  is  in  the  midst  of  some  very  important 
experiments  which  are  occupying  all  of  his  time. 

Bhe  trial  record  that  he  wishes  you  to  -make  1b 
what  we  oall  a  descriptive  talk,  which  we  put  on  the  back  of 
some  of  the  records  of  operatic  music.  If  you  will  telephone 
to  Mr.  Walter  H.  Miller,  the  Manager  of  the  Recording  StU&l9 
of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc,  at  79  Fifth  Avenue,  Mew  York,  and 
tell  him  you  have  received  this  letter  from  me,  he  will  make  a 
definite  appointment  with  you  to  make  the  trial  record. 

Trusting  that  this  will  be  satisfactory,  I  remain. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Mr.  Edison. 


Deo . 

1910 . 

Hr.  lee  G .  Daniels, 
f  Rockfora  Drilling  Machine  Co., 
Rockford ,  Ill . 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  21st  inetant  «l«r 
blue  prints  enclosed,  ana  have  noted  contents  of  same. 

I  am  sure  that  the  Haval  Consulting  Board  would  he  in¬ 
terested  in  complete  dryings  of  such  a  machine  as  you  propose, 
„„t  I  oho.W  »1»  »  ■“»  “ni  “ 

„„6t  oapaoity  «4  to  ».  .0 

,  feel  that  our  oo,.™nt  .m  a  — >« 

,oo,  !«*.,  »«*«“  “C.0* 

0„t  3»..t  »»««  -  «—  'M1 

unite  are  not  desirable.  _ % 


Dec.  29th.  19X0 . 

horv/ioh  Pharmaeal  Co., 

Norwich,  H.  Y. 

Clout  lemon ; 

I  beg  to  thank  you  for  your  favor  of  the  22nd  instant, 
giving  the  results  of  your  examinations  of  our  sample  if  Owrholi 

let  me  Day  in  reply  to  your  remarks  that  the  odor  is 
probably  a  combination  of  the  odors  of  S02  and  Phenol.  it 
intorent  you  to  learn  that  the  Hoyden  Chemical  Company  use  a’o<y,H 
4,000  pounds  of  my  Carbolic  daily  in  manufacturing  Salicylic  and 
Salol.  It  is  also  used  by  the  lions  unto  Chemical  Works  of  Ct.. 
Louis,  also  exclusively  by  E.  K.  Squibb  &  Sons,  lien  lork  City. 
Many  other  manufacturing  chemists  are  also  users,  and  all 
Asperin  manufactured  in  this  country  is  i:iudsJromU. 

T/ours  very  truly,  ^ 

£^s*j{ib*€X  4elvv. 


Lie.  Charles  E.  Steinmetz, 

V-  General  Electric  Company, 

" ehenectefly ,  li.  Y. 

tay  dour  Hr.  CtoinmOtz: 

Allow  me  to  thank  yon  for  jour  very  kind  favor 
of  the  Els t  instant,  and  to  express  my  deep  appreciation  of  the 
compliment  that  is  paid  me  in  asking  my  acceptance  of  Honorary 
He  mb  er!-' hip  in  the  Illuminating  Engineering  Society.  I  ahull 
acoept  this  with  much  gratification- 

Allov,  me  to  say  also  that  it  gives  me  much  plea¬ 
sure  to  accept  the  invitation  to  be  present  at  the  Banquet  given 
at  the  Eecennial  Meeting  of  the  Society  on  Thursday,  February 
10th,  on  which  occasion  I  shall  look  forward  with  anticipations 
of  seeing  your  good  self.  ^ 

Yours  very  tru-ly",' 


Deo.  31 et.  1916. 

The  Grasselli  Chemical  Co . , 

80  Maiden  lane. 

Hew  York  City. 


1  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  29th  inBtant 
in  regard  to  the  18,200  pounds  of  Oleum  remaining  due  to  me 
over  the  shipments  you  have  previously  made,  and  I  thank  you 
for  your  offer  to  make  shipment  of  this  18,200  pounds  in  drums. 
Yo nr  offer  is  accepted  on  the  conditions  mentioned  in  your 
letter,  and  I  shall  be  obliged  if  you  will  kindly  ship  the 
Oleum  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Aniline  Plant,  Silver  lake,  H.  3. 

Mr.  Meadoworoft  tells  me  that  he  has  spoken  with 
your  Mr.  Skoies  over  the  telephone  and  told  him  that  I  pro¬ 
posed  to  clean  the  drums  before  returning  them,  but  that  Mr. 
SholeB  said  it  would  be  satisfactory  if  we  drained  them  thor¬ 
oughly  and  shipped  them  right  back  to  you,  as  you  wo 

«r  1  «“  Si” 

„  pro...*  •»«***».  *■*  «  “*”**  ““  ”  ° 

.  ■  - n  ha  unt  ill  the  drums, 

material  win  ^  v-**- 

Yours  very^trajly-r 


1)00.  30th.  1915. 

Mr.  Thomas  a.  Hill, 
iVoolworth  Building , 

Hew  York  City. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  28th  instant  relating  to  the  use  of  Mitre 
Cake  or  Acid  Sulphates  for  pickling  iron. 

I  should  he  quite  willing  to  give 
you  a  more  Bxaot  reference,  hut  3ust  now  I 
cannot  recall  exactly  the  name  or  approximate 
date  of  the  publications  previously  referred 
to.  I  have  a  faint  idea,  however,  that  I  saw 
it  in  one  of  the  issue  of  the  "Journal  of 
Chemical  Industry?  which  is  published^  England. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Deo.  29th.  1915.  ' 

Ur.  Henry  A.  Sandere, 

Auburn,  H.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  27th  instant  has  been  received  and 
read  with  oareful  attention.  Your  deep  interest  and  the  good 
■words  that  you  are  pleased  to  say  of  the  Amberola  Instrument 
and  records  are  very  greatly  appreciated. 

let  me  say  for  your  informati on  that  we  have  not  the 
slightest  intentions  of  suppressing  the  Amberola  Instrument  and 
records.  On  the  contrary, we  have  Juat  organised  a  new  Depart¬ 
ment  to  push  them  harder  than  ever.  I  am  pretty  well  overloaded 
with  work  just  now,  but  as  soon  as  I  can  find  time  for  the 
purpose  l  am  going  to  get  out  a  special  cylinder  machine  intend¬ 
ed  only  for  real  music  lovers.  _ 

Yours  very  truly. 

MIsb  Etta  Posner, 

209  South  3rd  Street, 

Brooklyn,  W.  Y. 

Bear  Madam: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  29th 
Instant,  Mr.  Edison  wishes  ub  to  say  that  he 
Is  not  a  Socialist,,  hut  believes  that  they  mean 
well,  and  honestly  desire  to  do  good.  He  alBO 
thinks  that  from  the  very  nature  of  man,  the 
socialistic  theory  cannot  be  carried  out. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

Dec.  31e t.  1915. 

Mr.  Alan  Sullivan, 

Wychwood  Park, 

Toronto ,  Ont . 

Dear  Mr.  Sullivan: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  28th  in¬ 
stant  in  regard  to  the  making  of  a  trial  voice  record  by  Mrs. 
Aston,  let  me  Bay  in  reply  that  we  have  only  one  Recording 
Department,  and  that  is  at  79  Fifth  Avenue,  Mew  York  City. 
There  is  no  other  way  of  making  a  trial  reoord  that  would  be 
satisfactory  for  Mr.  EdiBon's  hearing. 

Much  as  we  would  like  to  accommodate  you,  you 
will  see,  therefore,  that  the  only  thing  we  can  do  is  to  wait 
until  Mrs.  Aston  comes  to  New  York  sometime,  and  then  she  can 
call  in  at  79  Fifth  Avenue,  and  make  the  trial  record,  which 
till  be  sent  over  here.  You  or  she  had  better  write  me  in  ad¬ 
vance  of  her  coming  so  that  I  can  forward  a  note  for  her  to 
present  to  Mr.  Miller. 

I  did  not  see  Harper's  magazine  for  November, 
but  I  saw  Collier’s  for  November  27th,  and  congratulate  you  on 
a  good  article . 

I  return  herewith  the  letter  from  R.  S.  Williams 
&  Sons  Company,  ltd. 

Yours  very  truly, 




,  T~ 

Jan.  3rd.  1915- 

Clarence  Dillon,  Esq., 
c  -,m  A,  Read  &  Company, 

Nassau  &  Cedar  Streets, 

Hew  York  City. 

JAy  dear  Ur.  Dillon: 

1  have  been  awaiting  with  more 

„  1M.  p.U.,.0.  »  01 

sou  1„  r.S«r«  to  ..«»«  W  *“ 

.  ,0l  up  to  «.  •*  «»  *“  “ 

weeks  ago 

X  «u8t  that  you  have  not  »r- 

somebody  else  to  step 


January  3,  1916. 


Mrs.  Lizzie  Wadsworth, 

Milan,  Ohio. 

hear  Madam: 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  recent  date 
regarding  the  wooden  mortar  and  pestle  beg  to  say 
that  we  have  written  Mrs.  Balcom  to  send  it  to  -the 
Laboratory,  and  thank  you  for  your  information. 

Mr.  Bdi son  would  like  to  have  the  portrait  or 
Hie  Bister  and  would  thank  you  to  ta.efl ard  it  to  the 
Laboratory.  I  will  see  that  it  is  sent  to  his  home. 

Yours  very  truly, 



January  3„  1918- 

Houghton  Mifflin  Co-, 

16  'Bast  40th  Street, 

Hew  Writ  City- 


Your  letter  of  the  8th  ultimo  received. 

pjieaae  send  i£r- 
"The  Breath  of  Life"  to  t 

oblige , 

Burroughs'  latest  book 
ae  Laboratory  and  greatly 

Yours  v,ery  truly/ 





“• J-  l0“ oal,t8a  *»  J0U  t0 

provide  th.  dr™.  „  p„  „«  agreement ■  I  pree™ 

this  escaped  your  attention  at  the  time  you  wrote. 

Of  course,  you  will  understand  that  I  make  the  above 
sale  to  you  on  the  condition  that  in  the  event  of  war,  fire, 
flood,  strike,  lockout,  acpident,  or  other  like  causes  beyond 
my  control,  interfering  with  the  production  or  transportation 
of  the  Phenol  above  mentioned,  deliveries  under  this  contract 
may  be  suspended  during  the  period  retired  to  remove  the  cause 
and  repair  the  damage. 

Yours  very  truly, 




Mitsui  &  Company, 
26  Madison  Avenue, 
How  York  City. 


Attention  of 


Gentlemen : 

Shunzo  Takaki. 

Heferring  to  my  letter  of  even  date 
herewith,  I  also  beg  to  confirm  the  understand¬ 
ing  that  I  will  give  to  Mitsui  &  Company,  limited, 
a  credit  of  2^  per  pound  on  your  order  for  160,000 
pounds  of  Phenol,  which  you  have  bought  at  78^ 
per  pound  by  your  letter  of  the  third  instant  and 
my  acceptance  of  the  fourth  instant. 

Yours  very  truly, 


,-th.  1916 

»18  "?£S»S"«. ». 

•“  Sir:  x,  t».  W»«w  »"■  °f 

lM..  x«. 

tltMS  «»•  «*•  4  of  tM  special 

““rtrrrn  — ~ : 

committee  of  ftf  that  xnetitut.  last 

^i6hed  "  7atr^t  this  report  comprises 
year.  M  18  BtBt  b  fully  illustrated, 

over  a  hundred  octavo  P«  ^  ^  ^  ^ 

with  views  and  drawings  nunftex  of  the 


journal.  *nd  *B  tbereWith. 

, r„  \r  t\  Krenkeli  Sec*y*  'to  Pres., 

*  The  Pennsylvania  Tank  Car  Co . , 

St.  XiOUlB,  MO. 

Dear  Sir: 

X  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of 
your  favor  of  the  30th  ultimo,  and  also 
of  one  of  your  1916  calendars .  which  came 

safely  to  hand  yesterday. 

mow  me  to  thank  you  for  this 
calendar.  It  1b  very  handsome,  and  has 

,  oaailv  refer  to  it. 

desk,  where  he  can  easily 

Wishing  you  the  compliments  of 

the  Season,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly. 



Jan.  5th.  19 . 

,  A.  d.  MaoXay, 
iO  pearl  Street, 

,w  York  City. 

f  tM  „tt  •»«.  « •»  3"“  ““  n7‘ 

Your  favor  of  the  m  on  this  suh- 

aed  to  this  office,  corresponded 

ia8. keen  forwarded  lah oratory. 

«*-* ».  “*  -  - “•* 

»  -”11  !.«•*»•  »“*  “  ” 
B,-H,aroge»  lor  “  °“  °’°  of  »  fox.slo 

.  «**  ... « — — iw 

however,  tna 

Y»e  had  no  idea, 

u  -  - — •“  ”rs;rr.  u- 

I!  3°\  7  xeraaiaaer  -  ««  p"B“t  S°‘  '  „  «. 

tala  oool  ■»«*•'  fo1  ls  Miulaotailoe  °ap 

,,.r  an  incxeaee  in  nottce  xae  PTl° 

“°”la  *  "»‘11  £““  „U1  oaaxsoa 

oar.  of  *  *  to  JO«.  Onf  co»»l«.x* 

„lXi  ».  a.  »»•*«  ,“t' 

for  extra.  YourB  vexy  truly. 


Ur.  Vi .  H.  Blauvelt, 

5,  Seraet-Solvay  Company, 

Syracuse ,  U .  f  • 

Hy  dear  Ur.  Blauvelt: 

Allow  me  to  thank  you  for  your  kind  favor 

„i  th.  tilth  instant  in  «  OSLcim  chloride  «»• 

Mt  ...  in  nap*  that  «  *  -  -  "  "»  ^ 

e»oe6h  and  .  it  -t  -  ™Z°Z  -n 

ont  well  <«  it  pro.!...  to  no,.  X  o.nto.Piat  P«ttinp^  ^ 

plant  which  would  prohahly  .«•«  «”  «“  ^  . 

M  a  aulficiont  quantity  to  Juetiiy  you  in  »«“«  «'  , 

44,  t  +nnk  it  under  contract? 

to  supply  me  with  the  liquor  if  - ' 


Prof.  Malcolm  MacLaren, 
Prlnoeton  University, 
Princeton,  H.  J. 

Referring  to  our  recent  correspondence  in  regard  to 
the  early  type  of  dynamo  which  1  g^^^ood  mun^years^ago^^ 
to  Princeton  University,  let  me  say  ^at  bo  f 8  pe  that  we  built 
ify  this  machine,  it  was  one  of.  the  Street,  Hew  York 

for  commercial  purposes  at  my  shop  ^°°®^kWhat  we  called  the 
in  1882.  I  am  very  confident  that  this  was  wnax  v»e 
Standard  500  watt  dynamo. 

The  machine  in  question  is  one  of 
mercial  types  of  thedynamomachinothat  armature,  which 

embodied  the  principle  of  the  low  res is xa  statement  than 
1  evolved  and  developed.  Any  more' eiaoo: r“f  ^uld  uke  to 

this  would  he  too  long  for  a  le  *  u„„est  that  you  read  th< 
look  into  the  matter  further,  I  wo  .  ana  the  .appendix  iti 

chapter  entitled  "Memories  of Menlo  tained  in  the  biography 
entitled  "Edison's  Dynamo  Work",  His  lift  and  In- 

written  by  Dyer  and  Martin,  entitle  .  These  matters  were 

"Sl  «*»*“• 

Yours  very,  trul-yl 

4  X  ' 

6th.  1916. 

ale  1.  Company, 

i  Broadway, 

,  york  City- 

t  W  ^  Mik  ulM„ 

■e  receipt  ol  J»«  ,  tM  l.M.r  to  Hr- 

— ~rr 

to  V»0  •*  "  ■  sora  M»0  l»t.X..t- 

ShankinB  SoU  1 

remain,  ,|  ^ourS  very  truly. 

/r«j{^r.cs>-  ■■'”')■ 

to  .  Edison. 

Assistant  to  Ur 

Strauss  &  Hedge! 
12  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City. 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  £aT0£ 
entered  value  of  Benzol  shipped  through  Houses  koin^ 

:i,2iS5' «.“«  ^  “*  *e“  ““ 

up  there  since  August  last. 

I  shall  take  your  advice  and  enter  sub-aequant^ ship 
mente  for  Customs  purposes  at  69  1  {2fmPgo  ilg^lo^know  when  the. 
that  troubles  me,  however,  is  ■*  pv^oe  from  ?^1^y 

?5  5?=?".  for  »S  being  advise!  .boat  this. 

-  •?*  %r 

ments . 

I  have  approved  your  bill  for  services  art  sent 

it  to  my  bookkeeping  department. 

Yours  very  truly* 

.  J  Cd«Oc,-i'.  -  — 


Jan.  8th.  1911.6. 

Mr.  W.  ?.  Dowling, 

Aniline  Division, 

Silver  Lake,  II.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Dowling: 

Your  favor  of  the  fourth  instant  in  regard  to 
the  Mitsui  drums  was  received  and  X  have  consulted  with  Mr. 
Edison  in  regard  thereto.  He  wishes  to  have  an  examination 
made  of  the  drums  which  contained  residue  or  steam  water. 

Y.hat  we  want  to  find  out  is  whether  or  not  the  zinc  inside 
is  eaten  off.  X  presume  this  is  probably  the  case  with  the 
drums  containing  the  residue,  but  possibly  the  ones  contain¬ 
ing  steam  water  are  alright.  Will  you  please  have  this  ex¬ 
amination  made  and  let  me  know  about  them  as  soon  as  you  can. 

As  to  the  18  which  have  never  been  used,  please 
keep  them  aside  and  do  not  use  them  except  upon  instructions. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


Jan.  8th.  1916. 

Mrs.  n. •  lurrie, 

600  V.est  176th  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

hear  Madam: 

Your  letter  to  Mr.  Edison  was  received  and  laid 
before  him.  He  requests  us  to  say  in  reply  that,  ne  could 
make  a  great  deal  more  money  if  he  cpuld  produce  for  sale 
a  $76.  Diamond  Disc  Instrument  and  at  the  same  time  retain 
the  quality  of  tone,  but  so  far  he  oannot  produce  a  satis¬ 
factory  instrument. at  that  price.  She  $100.  instrument  is 
the  limit  in  this  direction.  The  smaller  type  of  machine 
would  not  play  all  of  the  records  satisfactorily,  as  some 
of  them  would  be  very  thin  and  poor  in  tone. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 


Jan.  7th.  1916. 

Mr.  Erinan  J.  Bidgway, 
fi  Everybody's  Magazine, 

The  Butterick  Building, 

Hew  ^ork  City. 

Bear  Mr.  Ridgv/ay : 

I  am  la*  nrm 

the  fourth  instant ,  and  «»«  “»  “  *- 
pl,  that  as  I  •»  .«•*«  *“ki»8 
to  twenty  hour,  a  day,  «  “  B imply  Imposslhl" 
tor  me  to  undent.*.  to  answer  your  puo.tlon., 

00  it  would  require  too  muoh  of  the  time  that 
l  wish  to  devote  to  some  important  inv.stlpa- 
tion.  1  have  on  hand,  I.  addition,  let  » 
that  ,  am  an  experimenter,  and  not  a  statesman. 


jan.  7th.  1916. 

Hon.  Henry  H.  Bose, 

%  United  States  Senate, 

Washington,  D.  C. 

Dear  Mr •  Bose : 

It  i8  certainly  very  courteous  of 
the  Executive  Committee  and  Offers  -f  ■ «*■ 
Michigan  State  Association  of  .ashing 
extend  so  cordial  an  invitation  to  me 
tne  guest  of  the  Association  on  the  occasion 

I  „6„t  to  e«,  »>  1  *M11 

,  ThiE  invitation,  ae  I  am  la 
nn.01.  to  aooap  t  ,„v..tlBa- 

th.  midst  01  ao»a  1W“rt  Mtmam 

tio»a  tbataie  ocoaMi«  W  «•»  “ 


mill  to  impossible  for  mo  _ 

enjoy  tbe  fostivitioa  of  the  eJ[gpingT 
Yours  very  truly. 


Llr.  Charles  Gorsuck, 

Martins burg,  Blair  Co., 


Dear  Sir: 

Allow  me  to  thank  you  for  your 
favor  of  the  first  instant,  and  of  the 
little  good  luck  horse  shoe  which  you  forged 
for  me  on  anvil. 

I  am  glad  to  comply  with  your 
request  for  a  photograph  with  my  signature, 
and  same  will  be  forwarded  to  you  by  anot^r 

Yours  very  truly, 

!  . 

Cd..O<7* - 


Jan.  8th.  1916. 

Ur.  George  F.  Kunz, 

405  Fifth  Avenue, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Ur .  Kunz  : 

Yours  of  the  third  instant  is  at 
hand,  with  the  clipping  from  the  Sunday  Times. 

1  am  glad  you  feel  that  way.  nations  change, 
look  at  Japan  and  Eussia.  formerly  enemies, 
hut  now  hosom  friends .  How  f o  we  know  hut 
that  Germany  and  Austria,  or  England  ana  Japan 
may  attack  us?  England  hereafter  will  he  a 
military  nation. 

With  many  thanks  for  your  good  wishes, 
which  are  heartily  reciprocated,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 


A  , 


Mr.  W.  T.  Richardson, 

Box  466. 

Tyler,  Texas. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  thq^fourth  instant  to  Mr.  Edison  was  re¬ 
ceived.  We  cannot  tell  whether  a  singer  would  he  able  to  render 
satisfactory  service  for  us,  unless  we  had  a  trial  record  of  the 
voice,  so  we  cannot  answer  your  questions. 

There  is  only  one  place  at  which  a  voice  trial  can  he 
made  for  us.  and  that  is  at  our  Recording  Studio,  Hew  York  City. 
If  you  ever  come  East,  you  could  call  at  79  Fifth  Avenue,  Hew 
York,  and  ask  for  Ur.W.  H.  Miller,  and  he  will  take  a  trial  rec- 
ora  o  1  jour  volo..  "hloU  oouM  1,  paso.a  *»«  1 

„oala  =aj  «r  J=«  "  "  ”*  P“5  W'”“"  °f 

singerB  coming  to  make  trial  records. 

We  would  add  that  in  our  experience  we  find  a  very 
small  Percentage  of  voices,  not  more  than  two  or  three  per  cent 
available  for  our  purposes,  as' the  tests  are  very  severe 
Yours  very  truly , 


Jan.  8th.  1916. 

Stewart- Calvert  Company,  Inc., 
1424  1.  C.  Smith  Building, 
Seattle,  Wash. 

Gentlemen : 

X  received  your  favor  of  the  30th 
ultimo  in  regard  to  Epsom  Salts ,  and  would 
say  in  reply  that  since  I  wrote  to  you  pre¬ 
viously  I  have  found  a  substitute  that  will 
answer  just  as  well  for  my  process.  I  found 
that  the  prices  were  too  stiff  to  enable  me 
to  use  the  material  i“*h?B|"r?hSep5ioeT,wtll 
reoede° forborne  SK  ThLWoouree, 

is  to  your  advantage . 


Yours  vary 



Jan.  8th.  1916. 

Mr.  Frederick  A.  Whiting, 

11  State  Street, 

Framingham  Center,  Mass. 

My  dear  Mr.  Whiting: 

Thanks  for  your  favor  of  the  first  instant, 
which  has  been  read  with  interest.. 

The  Sonora  uses  our  records.  It  is  a  ouokoo- 
It  makes  no  recordB,  but  seeks  to  noil  ito  mocnine  at  other 
people’s  expense.  The  award  given  to  the  Sonora  at  Frisco  was 
obtained  by  using  our  records. 

There  is  no  muffler  made  that  will  control 
all  records.  I  think  that  ours  comes  the  noarest  to  it.  All 
the  others  which  ubs  a  valve  give  very  bad  echo  notes  on  certain 

Yours  very  truly, 


Jan.  10th.  1916.. 

American  Siliconite  Company, 

5  Watts  Building, 

Birmingham,  Ala. 


I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  fifth  instant 
in  regard  to  Siliconite  Flour,  and  thank  you  for  the  quota¬ 
tion  which  you  made  to  me  by  wire. 

I  was  making  inquiry  in  regard  to  the  price  of  this 
material,  as  1  am  experimenting  on  a  certain  process  in  which 
I  might  be  able  to  use  it.  These  experiments  are  still  in 
progress,  but  X  am  not  certain  yet  as  to  whether  or  not  I  shall 
be  able  to  make  use  of  it. 

Thanking  you  for  your  kind  attention,  I  remain. 

Yours  very  truly,  ^ 





Jan.  10th.  1916. 

Mr.  Percy  MaoKay, 

16  Sramercy  Park, 

Hew  York  City. 

Pear  Mr.  MacKay: 

X  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  seventh  instant,  and  would  say  in  re¬ 
ply  that  you  have  my  permission  to  include 
my  name  on  the  memorial  committee  in  connec¬ 
tion  with  the  memorial  meeting  to  your  father. 

I  am  so  exceedingly  busy  that 
it  was  impossible  for  me  to  get  away  today  to 
attend  your  reading.  ,7 

Yours  very  truly. 




Jan.  11th.  1916. 

•Kiss  Augusta  Wrensch, 

Rleasantdale ,  H.  j.  Hiss  Wrensoh : 

Your  favor  of  the  eighth  instant  to  Ur.  Edison 
has  been  received,  and  I  regret  that  the  matter  of  your  making 
a  trial  record  was  overlooked.  I  suppose  you  will  need  no 
long  explanation  about  this  as  it  happened  during  the  time  of 
the  fire,  when  we  were  all  upBet  and  many  of  our  papers  were 

Ur.  Edison  is  so  oxoeedingly  busy  that  he  does 
not  now  listen  to  singers  himself.  He  requires  them  to  go  to 
our  Recording  Laboratory  in  Hew  York  to  make  a  trial  record  there. 

If,  therefore,  you  will  take  this  letter  with 
you  some  day  when  you  are  going  to  Hew  York  (except  Saturday), 
and  present  it  to  Ur.  Walter  H.  Uiller,  at  our  Recording  Depart¬ 
ment,  79  Fifth  Avenue,  he  will  take  a  trial  record  of  your  voice 
and  send  it  over  for  hearing  in  the  usual  way. 

Trusting  that  this  will  be  satisfactory ,  I  remain. 
Yours  very  truly, 

<r.  -  ■ 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


Jr.  Thomas  T.  Gaunt 
63  Rest  50th  Street. 
Mew  York  City. 

Jan.  llth.  19X6. 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  8th  instant,  let 
me  say  that  flesh  can  be  removed  gradually  by  first  oxidizing 
the  surface  about  10/1000  inch  deep  with  Mltrie  Acid.  This 
makes  the  flesh  an  organic  acid,  a  substance  called  Iso-Buty- 
lam ine  will  dissolve  this  layer  of  10/1000,  when  another  layer 
can  be  oxidized.  Thus,  a  leg  could  be  cut  off  without  any  blood 
showing  or  any  danger  of  inoculation  by  bacteria.  Should  con¬ 
ditions  arise  where  there  was  some  slight  pain,  a  little  cocaine 

could  be  used  on  the  wound.  I  do  not  think  there  is  any  Iso- 
Butylamine  in  the  United  States.  It  would  have  to  be  made. 

In  fighting  cancer  why  not  apply  a  counter  nutrient 
more  nutritious  than  the  human  flesh.  The  cancer  cells  would 
perhaps  grow  towards  this,  especially  as  the  protective  cells  of 
the  human  would  be  fighting  against  progress  in  the  body,  where¬ 
as,  the  nutrient  would  have  no  fighter  to  opjjos*-# 

Yours  very  trulyT" 


Yours  very  truly, 

Jan.  11th. 

■Mr .  E.  W .  Durant ,  Jr . , 

Charleston,  s.  0. 

Dear  Sir;  '% 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  7th 
in8tant,  let  me  say  that  1  have  not  written 
any  articles,  or  pamphlets  on  the  suhjeot  you 
mention,  hut  I  feel  quite  sure  that  in  time  the 
United  States  Army  will  recommend  a  military 
road  from  Maine  to  the  South,  huilt  of  re¬ 
inforced.  concrete,  for  the  heaviest  artillery, 
and  the  rapid  movement  of  troops. 

Yours  very  truly,-" 

January  13,  19X6. 

Fidelity  &  Deposit  Co.  of  Maryland, 

Oener&l  Fidelity  Division, 

Baltimore,  Maryland. 

Attention  Mr.  J.  A.  Watson. 

Dear  Sirs: 

Your  letter  of  the  11th  instant  regarding 
W  A.  BONN  received. 

Mr.  Bonn  worked  at  the  Laboratory  from 
March  9,  1911  until  Aug.  IB,  1914,  when  he  was  laid 
off  owing  to  slaokness  of  work.  He  was  then  rehired 
by  tfte  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  and  the  Thos.  A. 
F.dison,  Incorporated,  departments,  leaving  here  about 
the  month  of  May  or  June. 

His  services  while  at  the  Laboratory  were 
always  satisfactory,  his  superiors  hold  nothing 
against  him. 

Yours  very  truly. 



Jan.  13th.  1916- 

Cc  Stuart  X.-  Blackton, 

Vitagraph  Studio, 

15th  Street  and  Locust  Avenue, 
Brooklyn,  11.  Y. 

ily  dear  Ur-  Blaokton: 

I  don't  think  I  have  written 
you  my  thanks  for  your  courtesy  in  sending 
over  the  films  of  "She  Battle  Cry  of  Peace" 
for  me  to  see.  Let  me  remedy  this  omission 
now,  and  say  also  that  my  wife  and 'I  derived 
great  enjoyment  from  seeing  this  wonderful 
picture.  I  say, now,  as  I  said  then,  every 
man,  woman  and  child  in  America  ought  to  see 

Yours  very' 'truly, 


January  15,  1916. 

Mr,  J.  W.  Vincent,  Treasurer, 

Llewellyn  Park, 

Heat  Orange,  N. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Bnclosed  find  pledge  of  Mr.  Bdison 
!«»«•»•  bl.  to 

of  <b.  P.«  **“  1910  ,M0-00 

to  4150.00.  1  un4er.tand  from  our  telephone 

conversation  that  the  amount  will  he  added  to 
Ur.  Edison's  annual  hill. 

Yours  very  truly, 



Jan.  llth.  1916. 

Mr.  J.  H.  Hummer,  President, 

Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Company, 

Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada. 

Dear  Mr .  Plummer : 

Xour  favor  of  the  4th  instant  in  regard  to  Toluol 
was  received  in  due  course  of  mail,  but  I  was  unable  to  answer  it 
by  sending  you  a  quotation  of  price  as  we  had  tome  negotiations 
on  hand.  It  was  uncertain  as  to  whether  these  would  go  through  or 
not,  so  I  have  waited  until  the  time  had  come  to  decide  the  matter 
one  wa”:  or  another.  The  parties  with  whom  I  have  been  negotiat¬ 
ing  have  availed  themselves  of  the  option  and  have  taken  ail  the 
Toluol  I  can  supply  for  a  year  from  May  on. 

I  am  much  gratified  to  note  that  your  Company  is 
doing  very  much  better  in  regard  to  the  shipments  of  Benzol,  and 
I  want  to  thank  you  for  your  kind  attention  in  the  matter.  There 
are  one  or  two  empty  cars  on  the  way  back  to  Sydney,  and  1  hope 
they  will  get  there  on  time.  We  have  been  a  little  crippled  on 
account  of  the  one  car  that  was  tied  up  at  Houses  Point  since  last 
august,  but  that  is  on  the  way  here  now,  and  is  expected  here  very 
soon.  We  have  storage  tanks  and  will  empty  it  and  send  it  back 
to  Sydney  within  twenty-four  hours  after  its  arrival. 

after  the  serious  trouble  v.e  had  with  the  U.  S.  Cus¬ 
toms  authorities,  I  am  going  to  take  the  liberty  of  asking  that  you 
will  issue  instructions  to  your  people  to  be  very  careful  about  the 
invoicing  so  that  an  endorsement  iB  made  on  the  consular  invoice 
of  the  market  value  in  Canada.  I  think  perhaps  it  will  be  well  to 
send  you  copy  of  a.  letter  I  have  received  today  from  our  Custom 
House  Brokers  at  Rouses  Point.  You  will  find  it  attached  hereto. 

Strauss  &:  Hedges,  the  Hew  York  lawyers  who  fought 
through  the  United  States  Government's  reappraisement  here  for  me, 
and  won  the  case,  wrote  to  me  stating  they  had  learned  that  your 
Company  sold  Benzol  in  Canada  to  a  company  engaged  in  the  manu¬ 
facture  of  explosives  at  a  contract  price  of  60#  per  gallon  to 
hold  good  during  the  continuation  of  the  War.  If  this  is  so,  this 
of  course  establishesa  market  value  in  Canada  unless  you  should 
sell  Benzol  at  a  higher  price  to  someone  else  in  Canada. 

By  tne  way,  if  you  are  not  doing  anything  with  your 
naphthaline ,  ■  shall  be  glad  to  have  a  talk  with  you  about  it  the 

Jan.  14th.  1916. 

Air.  D.  Gray, 

Big  Bun  Planing  Mill  &  Furniture  Factory, 

Big  Hun,  Pa. 

Bear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  10th 
instant,  let  me  say  that  we  have  to  get  out 
our  sales  data  for  last  year  before  we  can  de¬ 
cide  what  is  wanted  for  the  present  year.  As 
soon  as  I  have  been  able  to  do  this  I  will  take 
the  matter  up  again,  but  in  the  meantime  let 
me  advise  you  not  to  turn  down  anyone  else  for 
our  work  if  you  have  a  chance  to  make  contract 
with  any  other  concern. 

^ours  very  truly, 

Jan.  14th.  1916 


Mrs.  S.  Balcom, 

Brooksvilla,  Fla. 

Dear  lira  .•  Balcom : 

I  received  your  favor  of  the  9th  in¬ 
stant,  and  also  the  mortar  and  pestle,  which 
oame  in  hy  parcel  post  last  night.  It  reached 
me  in  good  order,  and  I  want  to  thank  you  for 
your  kindness  in  forwarding  it.  I  shall  pre¬ 
serve  it  in  the  family.  _ 

Yours  very  truly,  | 

Tidewater  Portland  Cement  Co . , 

Baltimore,  lid . 

Attention  of  Mr . _  S  t  ap  1 e  to n . 

Bear  Sir: 

Mr.  Edison  requests  me  to  write  and 
say  to  you  that  he,  has  received  the  sample  of 
your  light  burned  lime  and  will  investigate  it 
a  little  later  on.  He  is  now  having  the  plant 
erected  where  the  lime  will  be  used. 

Thanking  you  in  his  behalf  for  your 
kind  attention,  I  remain. 

Yours  very  truly. 

sistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Jan.  14th .  1916 

Mr.  Charles  Whiteman, 

204  Summer  Street, 

Paterson,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  11th  instant  has 
been  handed  to  me.  and  X  note  your  desire  to 
have  a  disc  record  of  "God  he  with  you  till 
we  meet  again"  by  mixed  voices,  turbot  otylo . 
,Ve  nave  a  great  deal  of  music  ahead  for  re¬ 
cording,  but  I  will  ^ve  my  Musical  Depart¬ 
ment  get  this  selection  and  if  we  find  it  will 
be  suitable  for  our  records  we  will  put  it  on 
in  due  course  of  time . 

Yours  very  truly. 

Handel  Samuel  &  Sons, 

157  Commerce  Street, 
ilewark,  II.  J. 

Gentlemen : 

1  want  to  call  your  special  attention 
to  the  fact  that  you  have  not  yet  shipped  me  Caet 
Iron  Borings  this  month  in  accordance  with  your 
sample  under  our  contract. 

I  have  on  hand  now  only  six  days  sup¬ 
ply,  and  as  I  use  100  tons  a  month,  J  shall  be 
compelled  to  go  out  and  buy  them  elsewhere  and 
charge  the  difference  to  your  account  unless  you 
make  a  delivery  within  the  next  two  d§ys-^ - y 

Jan.  17th.  1916 

Acting  Chief  John  fowy, 

Fire  Headquarters , 

Hewark,  It.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Allow  me  to  offer  my  thanks  and  appre¬ 
ciation  for  the  prompt  response  to  our  call,  ana 
the  efficient  assistance  given  by  you  and  Engine 
Company  Do.  £3  at  the  fire  which  occurred  at  my 
Silver  lake  plant  a  week  ago.  X  want  to  compli¬ 
ment  you  all  upon  the  good  work  which  was  done  in 

sxtinguishing  the  fire  and  preventing  further  loss . 
Yours  very  truly. 

Jan.  17th.  1916. 

Ur.  V>.  H.  Blauvelt, 

Consulting  Kngineer, 

Bemet-Solvay  Company, 

Syracuse,  B.  Y. 

Dear  Ur.  Blauvelt: 

1  am  much  obliged  for  your  favor  of  the  14th 
instant  regarding  Calcium  Chloride  Liquor.  She  price  you 
name  gives  me  some  data  to  work  on.  and  I  will  now  see  if  x 
can  afford  to  pay  the  price,  and  will  let  you  know  a  little 
later  on. 

I  am  glad  to  say  that  only  one  of  the  two 
main  buildings  in  my  new  Carbolic  Plant  was  burned  by  the 
recent  fire,  but  we  rebuilt  it  in  four  days  and  the  plant 
is  now  working  again  full  time.  We  do  not  let  dust  settle 
on  us  around  here. 


•y  truly, 


Chief  HicholaB  ComeBkey, 

Fire  Headauarters , 

Belleville,  W.  J- 

Dear  Sir: 

,-tllow  me  to  express  my  thanks  ana 
appreciation  for  your  prompt  response  to  our 
call  on  the  occasion  of  the  recent  fire  at  my 
Silver  Lake  plant,  as  well  as  for  the  efficient 
work  aone  By  you  ana  your  men  at  that  time. 

It  gives  me  pleasure  to  request  your 
acceptance  of  an  Eaison  Disc  Phonograph  an3 
some  recoras,  ana  if  you  will  sena  me  your  home 
aaarees  I  will  Have  the  same  sent  over  to  your 
house . 

I  have  asked  Mr .  John  V .  Miller  at 
our  Silver  Lake  plant  to  have  some  cigars  sent 
over  for  your  men  with  my  compliments. 

YourB  very  truly, 

Jdn.  17th.  1916. 

p^!fnGe?rge  2*  K°eber. 

Fire  Headquarters 
Bloomfield,  u.  j. 

' Dear  Sir : 

Allow  mo  to  express  my  thania  and 
appreciation  for  you,  prompt  „sp0M,  ,o  ^ 
call  on  the  occasion  of  the  recent  fire  at  my 
Silver  lake  plant,  a8  well  as  for  the  efficient 
work  done  by  you  and  your  men  at  that  time. 

Zt  elveB  me  Pleasure  to  request  your 
acceptance  of  an  Edison  Disc  Phonograph  and 

S°me  reCOrdS'  aDd  if  8 end  me  your  home 

address  I  will  have  the  same  sent  over  to  your 

I  have  asked  Mr.  John  V.  M iller  at 
our  Silver  Lake  plant  to  have  some  cigars  sent 
over  for  your  men  with  my  compliments. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Jan.  17th.  1916. 

lauter  Company, 

Ilewark,  H.  J. 


Keplylng  to  your  favor  of  the  14th 
instant  in  regard  to  the  iauter  Upright. Piano 
recently  purchased  hy  me,  let  me  say  that  the 
piano  is  a  little  out  of  balance  as  to  the 
volume  given  by  the  individual  keys. 

We  have  sent  to  you  for  a  tuner,  as 
the  piano  is  a  little  off,  but  after  it  is  tuned 

I  think  it  will  be  satisfactory.  _ _ 

Yours  very  truly, 


You  will,  of  courBe,  remember  that  in  the  latter  part 
of  last  year  we  made  you  a  quotation  on  Iron  by  Hydrogen,  which 
you  turned  over  to  Binney  &  Smith  at  the  same  price  at  which  we 
quoted  you,  and  they  sent  us  an  order  for  3,000  pounds  at  that 

They  have  written  to  us  in  regard  to  a  further  supply, 
and  before  quoting  thereon  we  write  to  ask  whether  it  is  all 
right,  so  far  as  you  are  coiicerned,  for  us  to  deal  with  them 
direct,  as  this  concern  was  your  customer  in  the  first  place. 

We  shall  have  to  quote  a  higher  price  on  account  of  the  advance 
in  materials,  and  we  would  like  to  quote  net,  without  brokerage 
or  commission,  if  possible.  My  impression  is  that  you  told  me 
over  the  telephone  that  your  commission  came  from  their  side  of 
the  house J  Will  you  kindly  advise  me  at  your  earliest  convenience. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Mitsui  *  Co. .  Ltd. . 

25  Madison  Avenue, 

New  fork  City. 

Attention  Kr.  S.  TaMaki. 

Dear  Sirs: 

Till  you  kindly  send  the  T.  A.  Udi son- 
incorporated,  f  Carbolic  Divisidn'  thru  me  a  Credit 
Memo  for  twenty  cento  a  gallon  tor  benzol  i?ed 
carbolic  acid,  shipped  to  Japan,  as  follows: 

Sow-  10 



4992  gals  henzol 




2665  "  " 

Deo.  2 



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5013  •  * 




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you,  I 


Tours  very  truly, 


Jan.  10th. 

Jan.  19  tli.  1916 

B.  Badger  &  Sons  Company, 
7L.  Pitts  Street, 

Boston,  Uass . 


I  tiui  sorry  that  there  has.  150011  such  a  long  delay  in  tak- 
3  up  the  matter  of  the  sc.  .lament  of  your  account  for  the  tv.-o 
rbolie  Stills.  of  us  h&B  been  so  exceedingly  busy  of 

te  that  it  has  ■  •••  .  ...:’-vwlmt  difficult  to  get  matters  straighten- 

I  havo  received  the  figures  : 
ce  show  as  follows : 

Carbolic  Still' in  #1  Plant- 

copjjsr  n 1 po  serving  now  in  place  of  the  column 
i.egmator  cost,  according  to  bill  received  from 

feer°b'ill> from  Lawrence  It  Company  for  material 

iron a  1 

■sting  and  for  three  gat 
;.o  bill  from  the  Laborat 

July  mist,  191.5,  ,  r  .  i  to 

yor  miscellaneous  material.  •-  -*•“*'— * 

1U‘  HP.  « ■ 

long,  if  'n/Unn  copper  tank, 






to  the  Carbolic  Stj 

r'i0v  pho  still  was  erected  s 
'martially  dismantled  twice 
jule  are  as  fellows  : 

1  .in  Plant. 

or 3 finally  furnished 
nd  new  parts  added . 

Labor  changing , 
7/20/16.  U.  1.. 

Hungerford  Brass 

«  Copper  Co . 



Jan.  19th.  19 If 

Mr .  Charles  J>.  Band,  .'.vsnt, 

Essex  County  Country  Clue. 

West  Orange,  II.  J. 

Dear  ilr.  Hand: 

Your  very  kind  Invitation  to 
attend,  the  annual  meeting  and  banquet  of  the 
Essex  County  Country  Club  on  Eebruary  1st  is 
very  much  appreciated,  hut  I  shall  he  unable 
to  give  myself  the  pleasure  of  being  present 
on  that  occasion. 

I  am  exceedingly  busy  on  a 
special  series  of  experiments  that  require 
my  attention  day  and  night,  and  X  cannot  see 
any  possibility  of  being  able  to  get  away  to 
attend  this  function. 

Shanking  you  for  your  courtesy 
and  trusting  that  you  will  kindly  express  my 
thanks  and  appreciation  to  the  Board  of  Gover¬ 

nor?  , 



ifr.  A.  D.  MacKay, 
130  1’earl  Street,  • 
Hew  York  City, 

Jan.  20th.  1916. 

Dear  Mr.  MacKay: 

I  «  in  rooalpt  of  taTor  0,  tla  mh  ln,to,t 

an*  „  ...on  ohllgoa  I  onnu  no.  **.  up  t6.  „tt„ 

th.  Iron  by  Hydrogen  dlr.ot  ,1th  Blnne,  »  SMth.  of  „„„„  „ 
regret  to  dle.nrb  th.  natter  of  prloe,  bnt  It  1,  i„p.».lbl.'t0 

ao  otherwise.  Raw  ma ...trials  are  costia 
money  and  of  course  wo  v.-i  to  increase  , 

2  to  have  trial' records  taken 

y  C0UrEe  ™  JW.  t0  ^crease  our  price  accordingly. 

In  regard  y*ur  friend  Mr.  Williams,  let  me  say 
that  our  regular  raocfdt  of  pio^  is  „ 

P  . B  to  have  trial' records  taken 

of  any  singer  or  instrumental/.  yheae  are  passed  upon  hy  the 
proper  committee,  who  decide  whether  the  voice  or  instrumental 
performer  comes  up  to  our  requirements.  I  must  tell  you  right 
off  that  the  requirements  are  exceedingly  severe.  It  is  not  a 
matter  of  name  or  reputation  but  only  the  technical  requirements. 
Mr.  Edison  would  just  as  soon  take  on  one  of  our  factory  hands 
as  a  singer  as  he  would  a  great  opera  artist  whose  reputation  was 
partly  due  to  acting,  provided  that  the  factory  hand  had  a  voice 
that  would  answer  our  technical  requirements. 

It  gives  me  pleasure  to  hand  you  herewith  a  letter 
which  you  may  give  Mr.  Williams  to  present  to  our  Recording  Depart¬ 
ment  in  Hew  York  if  he  would  like  to  go  and  make  a  trial  record. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Mr-  Edison  would  just  . 

Enclosure . 


Jan.  2 End.  1916. 

Golding  &  Sons  Company, 

Trenton,  H.  J. 

Gentlemen : 

X  am  referred  to  you  by  the  Foote 
Mineral  Company  of  Philadelphia.  They  tell 
me  that  you  handle  Powdered  Feldspar.  I  may 
he  in  the  market  for  regular  quantities  in  car¬ 
load  lots,  hut  for  the  present  moment  I  would 
like  to  get  for  experimental  purposes  260  pounds 
containing  about  10jb  Potash  as  K2O.  Will  you 
kindly  express  this  sample  quantity  to  me  and 
also  write  me  with  your  quotation  of  price  in 
carload  lots. 

Please  address  the  250  pounds  to  my 
Assistant,  Mr.  VV.  H.  ileadowcroft,  at  this  ad¬ 
dress.  When  it  is  received  he  will  bring  it 
to  my  attention  immediately. 

yours  very  truly, 


H.  Gr.ifferi  Marshall, 

144  West  126th  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

hear  Mr  .  .Marshall : 

Allow  me  to  thank  you  for  your 
favor  of  the  10th  instant  in  which  you  re¬ 
late  an  incident  which  I  have  read  with  a 
great  deal  of  interest  and  musomont.  Che 
episode  is  well  worth  relating,  and  I  ap¬ 
preciate  your  courtesy  in  writing  to  me 

Yours  very  truly^ 

Jan.  22nd .  1916. 

^ . 

A.  H,  Wood  &  Company,  Inc., 
Commercial  Trust  Building, 
Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

Attention  of  Mr.  A.  J.  Hoffmann . 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  21st  instant, 
and  am  glad  to  learn  that  the  five  pound  samples  of  Cast  Iron 
Borings  marked  #1  Ueedle  and  fl  Pine  are  on  the  way.  Of  course, 
you  understand  that  we  can  only  use  Cast  Iron  Borings,  not  Steel. 

I  am  glad  to  learn  that  you  have  diverted  the  car  of 
fine  borings  to  our  Aniline  Plant  at  Silver  Lake,  H .  J.,  in  ac¬ 
cordance  with  the  understanding  with  Mr.  Cumming  of  the  Indust¬ 
rial  Service  Company.  UVe  shall  be  very  glad  to  have  this  car 
if  the  borings  are  Cast  Iron,  and  we  understood  from  him  that 

they  are . 

We  are  in  the  market  for  100  tons  per  month,  and  shall 
hold  off  final  closing  of  contract  until  we  have  seen  you,  pro¬ 
viding  that  you  can  come  not  later  than  Wednesday. 

We  will  send  you  our  formal  order  for  the  car  of 
fine  Cast  Iron  Borings  which  you  have  diverted  to  us. 

Yours  very  truly, 

ilstant  to  Mr.  ifidison. 



January  24,  1916. 

'«•  Marian  E.  Oeser. 


Neuenburg,  Baden. 


ar  Mrs.  Oeeer: 

On  the  20th  instant  our  bank  trans- 
rrea  to  your  account  in  the  Dresdner  Bank.  Preiburg 
e  equivalent  of  #200,00.  Will  you  please  advise 
sther  you  have  received  it. 

Tours  very  truly. 

Se cretary. 



1^8  0».  • 

Benzol  Plant, 
ri,  Pa. 

Yo.ur  favor  of  the  Elat  inotent  to 
la" on  v/as  handed  hy  him  to  Hr.  Edison, 

«"  «  »«» «“* lh*  C“M1* 
!  CO.,,™  «i6«  »»”  10’°“  E‘,1X<>“  ^ 
.01  »„,«  0f\ 
I  tolegrophefl  joo  tl.l» 

,.»•  =»PJ  •*  «”  “W”' 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 

inclosure . 



January  24,  191S. 

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:  very  truly. 


Ur.  Isaac  V;.  England, 
Passaic,  M.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  England; 

Jan.  26  th 

I  have  received  your  favor  of 
the  ?.lst  instant,  which  has  had  my  careful  con 

There  are  two  iron  mines  and  a 
graphite  mine  on  the  property.  As  I  remember 
it,  these  mines  are  at  the  extreme  end  of  the 
property  near  the  Riggs  line.  I  would  like  to 
retain  these,  and  it  occurs  to  me  that  perhaps 
our  views  may  coincide,  and  that  you  perhaps 
might  not  desire  them.  ' 

The  lake  and  all  the  clear  spae 
around  it  is  free  of  mines ,  and  I  would  give 
title  without  any  payment. 

Your  compliments  in  regard  to  the 
Diamond  DIbc  Phonograph  haoibeen  received  ,  and 
I  certainly  am  glad  to  learn  that  the  Instru¬ 
ment  and  records  have  afforded  you  so  much  plea¬ 
sure.  I  think  there  is  Btill  more  in  store  for 
.you,  as  I  am  working  hard  to  make  still  further 

the  Scottish  "Flowers  of  the  Forest",  I  have  instruct¬ 
ed  my  Music  Department  to  obtain  copy  of  this  song 

Oan .  SAth .  1916. 

Hathaniel  Pratt, 

rig  General  Secretary, 

lean  Institute  of  Social  Sorv 

e  House , 

r  Place, 

York  City. 


Your  favor  of  the  19th 


been  received.  While  I  arn  ir 


all  sorts  of  progressive  mover 

nents  ,  it 

simply  impossible  for  me  to  undertake  any 

cuseion  of  them,  nor  can  I  spi 

are  the  time 

intervievrs  on  these  subjects 

My  extensive  business 


experimental  v.-ork  keep  me  bu 

sy  from 

•hteen  to  twenty  hours  a  day, 

anti  it  is  all 

■an  do  to  find  a  little  time  t 

,o  eat  and 

sep.  I  shall,  therefore,  have 

>  to  be  ex- 

sed  from  making  an  appointment  for  an  in- 

rviow  on  the  matter  referred  1 


•.  Siting' 

-e  stxse1';. 

,  v.hioti  has  mad 

Ofh  instau  ,  novo,  and. 

U  be  S^a  t0  ^  tQ  eX?iain  to  S<>tt  ^5 

1  have  suite  a  ^  tWngs  sou 

ao:"u  co««n« 

ieB„t.  ^M“et  *\  „  M«  *«*  “* 

I£  *  e  please  call  up  «■* 

,  coming  °ut  *eX  ’  -belepbone 

Jan.  27th.  1916 

n  fr0m  your  mother  in  which  Bhe 
3ls  sure  that  you  might  be  able 

on  the  lookout  for  suitable  voices. 

can  ascertain  whether  they  will  be 
have  the  singers  make  a  trial  record 

ao  aot  t,he  expenses  of  singers  coming  to  make 

■ecords.  but  if  you  happen  to  be  in  Hew  York  City 
•e  time.,  wo  shall  be  glad  to  have  you  stop  in  at 
,  BooBBl  #79  Fifth  Avenue,  and  show  this  letter  to 

alter  H.  Miller,  the  Manage: 

who  will  take  a  trial  record 

and  .n«lt  U  in 
■Sours  very  truly. 

Jan, >  27th.  1916* 

General  Letterbook  Series 
Letterbook,  LB-110  (1916) 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  January-March  1916.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison  and  William  H.  Meadowcroft.  Included  are 
letters  pertaining  to  Edison's  benzol  absorbing  plants  and  other  chemical 
manufacturing  interests,  as  well  as  to  business  conditions  during  World  War 
I.  One  letter  mentions  a  strike  at  the  carbolic  acid  plant  in  Silver  Lake,  New 
Jersey.  Other  items  concern  the  sale  of  toluol  to  the  British  government. 
There  is  also  correspondence  dealing  with  the  technical  and  commercial 
development  of  motion  pictures,  phonographs,  and  storage  batteries.  The 
correspondents  include  investment  banker  Clarence  Dillon,  businessman 
Isaac  W.  England,  longtime  Edison  associate  Samuel  Insull,  electrical 
engineer  Charles  P.  Steinmetz,  and  representatives  of  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co. 
and  Mitsui  &  Co. 

The  spine  is  stamped  "Letters"  and  is  marked  "T.A.E.  From  Jan.  27 
1 91 6  To  Mar.  41916."  The  number  "48"  also  appears  on  the  spine.  The  book 
contains  696  numbered  pages  and  an  index.  Approximately  15  percent  of  the 
book  has  been  selected. 


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Jan.  £7th.  1910. 

Hr.  Alan  h.  Hawley,  Chairman, 

Aero  Club  of  ,.raerioa 
297  Madison  Avenue, 

Hew  York  City. 

Hear  Ur .  Hawley : 

X  have  received  your  favor  of 
the  24th  instant  asking  a  contribution  from 
me  to  fund  for  raining.  $12,600.  for  the  "bene¬ 
fit  of  the  Aviation  Section  of  the  Militia 
of  the  State  of  Ohio. 

I  take  pleasure,  therefore,  in  hi 
in.  you  herewith  my  check  for  $100.  as  my  con¬ 
tribution  to  this  fund. 

Yours  very  truly" 


ly. ' 


Jan.  27th .  1916 

iir  william  Uulot 
ionorary  Treaeur* 
'.ariadian  Patriot: 
Toronto,  Ontario 




the  Canadian 


the  Canadi 


this  7;  or  thy  cause 

telegram  this 

"Yoar  telegram  received,  please  ■ 
put  m  down  for  five  hundred  dollai 
for  Canadian  Patriotic  Fund . 

I  understand  from  your  telegram  that  the 
paid  in  ten  eo.ual  monthly  installments.  1 
■;  check  herewith  for  the  1st  installment  ; 

Y0r,rP  very  truly,- 




.ranee  Billon,  Ksq., 
,m.  a.  Road  Sc  Company , 
isau  &  Cedar  Streets, 

?  fork  City. 

'TiB  weary  waiting l  I  think  it  muot 

new  my  Bensol  contracts  after  the  expiration., 
and  possibly  increase  the  quantity,  kou  have 
caia  to  me  several  times  that  you  expected  to 
decide  the  matter  in  a  few  days,  hut  I  am  still 
without  anything  definite  from  you. 

I  urn  planning  to  go  to  Florida  pretty 
,oon.  if  I  can  get  away,  and  want  to  tfe  up  all 

the  loose  ends  before  I  go. 

Can  we  not  get  this  matter  fixed  up? 
lours  very  truly,-'" 

Jan.  27th .  1916. 

Mr.  George  Henderson, 

701  Franklin  3uilding, 

Twelfth  and  Walnut  Streets , 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  2&th  instant,  let  me 
say  that  90$  of  the  bonds  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 
are  owned  by  t..e  Directors  of  the  Company.  On  account  of  the 
great  depression  of  the  cement  business  for  the  past  six  year, 
the  Company  decided  not  to  operlfte^blut  to  put  the  mill  in 


good  condition  and  await  the  advent  of  prices  that  would  be 
greater  than  the  cost  of  production. 

The  market  price  of  cement  is  nov,  more  attractive, 
and  the  mill  will  start  up  in  the  Spring  when  the  shipping 
season  opens.  In  my  opinion  the  earning  should  be  far  more 
than  is  necSssary  to  pay  the  arrears  of  interest  and  also 
the  regular  interest  on  the  bonds. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Jan.  27th.  1916 

Mr.  Samuel  Insull, 

120  W.  Adams  Street, 
Chicago,  Ill. 

r  Insull: 

My  Engineer,  H.  R.  Hutchison, 

:■  your  Walker  Company  to  give  him  a 
:..ioo  to  put  through  a  deal  with  the 
;t. muster  General  as  to  employing  Walter 
lets  ana  Waratruofcs  of  the  small  size, 
think'  he  can  land  a  large  order  if  you 
rr-  a  deal  With  him  and  give  him  a  little 
ne  to  put  it  through. 


Jan.  Beth.  1916. 

ill'-  Frederic  A.  Whiting , 

Framing-ham ,  Maes  . ” 

Fear  Whiting: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of 
the  26th  instant  with  suggestion  of  a  library 
desk  or  table,  concealing  the  phonograph.  The 
Vocalion  people  have  something  like  the  idea 
shown  in  your  sketch,  and  I  think  there  is 
also  a  French  machine  of  somewhat  similar  con¬ 

I  think  the  idea  is  a  good  one, 
hut  our  selling  force  do/Jss  not  like  it. 

29th.  1916 

:etary , 
League : 

Keplying  ’-o  ,yo 
inctant,  I  understand  i 
trie  Company  have  the  i 
They  made  a  great  many 
tion,  and  these  have  m 

jarohlights . 

ie  Panama  Expoei- 


for  war  purpoi 

Yours  very  truly*-, 

[TO  J.  P.  O'SHEA] 

Mr.  J.  P.  Othea, 
Secretary  ’to  Mr.’  Polk 
Hobart*  iBuil&ing,! ;  > 

San  Francisco,  Cal. 

I.  have  received  your  favor  of  the 

21st  instant  with: clipping  therein  referred 

This  is  the  first  time  I  have  ever 
known  of  an., architect  who  had  a  sonse  of  humor. 
1  have  known  three’;  Ho.  1  had  melanoholia. 

Ho.  2  was  a  pessimist,  and  llo.  3  quit  architect- 
ing  and  l ought  out  an  undertaker. 

How  I  know  that  there  are  exceptions. 
Yours  very 




Pel) .  2nd.  191G. 

American  Oil  &  Supply  Company, 

02  Lafayette  Street, 

IlewaBs,  II.  J.  Attentipn_pf  J,Ir .  C.  II.  Burnett. 


He f erring  to  your  favor  of  the  29th  ultimo  in  regard 
to  naphthaline  Flakes  from  the  Woodward  Plant,  I  beg  to  confirm 
our  telephone  conversation  on  this  subject. 

There  is  nov.  on  the  way  from  Woodward  a  shipment  of 
42,020  pounds,  contained  in  76  barrels  and  SOI  bags.  V.'e  are 
assured  that  this  is  prime  stuff. 

Yve  can  ship  a  carload  in  about  seven  days.  This  also 
will  be  prime  stuff  and  will  all  bo  shipped  in  barrels,  and 
in  accordance  with  my  telephone  understanding  with  you,  we  will 
have  this  shipped  as  soon  as  ready.  I  understand  a  standard 
carload  of  naphthaline  is  18  tonB .  The  first  shipment  win  ooim 
to  you  by  the  P.  U.  R.,  and  the  second  shipment  by  C.  P..  R.  of 
II.  J.,  Broad  Street  yards,  ns  requested. 

lours  vory  truly, 

Assistant  to  Ur.'  Edison. 


Hr.  George  S.  Mathieson, 

%  Acme  Grain  Company,  limited, 

Union  Trust  Building, 

Winnipeg ,  Man . 

Dear  Mr.  Mathieson: 

Allow  tne  to  thank  you  for  your  very  interest¬ 
ing  letter  of  the  25th  ultimo.  It  strikes  a  responsive  chora 
in  me,  ana  I  am  heartily  in  sympathy  with  your  views. 

Bvery  attempt  we  have  maae  to  drop  the  miser- 
„vt  _  -p,w  trnt  tune  of  music  has  heen  met  with  a  howl  (I  use 

able  fox  trot  type  of  music  has 
the  word  advisedly),  from  our  a 

dealers  all  over  the  United 

States.  The  trouble  is  that  our  sales  sheet  proves  that  the 
dealers  are  right,  -  and  there  you  are.  What  else  can  we  ao 

I  expect  to  increase  our  output  and  to  include  more  of  the 
higher  class  of  music  in  our  list.  By  so  doing  the  dealers  will 
have  plenty  of  both  kind'..  Let  me  assure  you  that  it  is  painful 
to  me  to  put  some  of  the  so-called  "hits"  on  my  records,  but 
I  am  compelled  to  do  it.  - 

j  of  the  so-called  "hits 

i  my  records,  but 

Yours  very  truly, 

Ur .  John  E.  Dunlap; 
140  Nassau  Street , 

:  Hew  York  City. 



of.  tho  17th  ultimo.,  and  al 

the  marked 

copy  of  the  Burront  number  of  the  Sup ineoring 
Magazine  Containing  a:  special  article  by  Mr. 
Rollin  W.  Hutchinson,  Jr.  I  have  read  this 

•tide  with  much  interest, 

Yours  very  -  truly, 

Neb.  3rd.  1916. 

t&L' •  0*  E.  Opdyke , 

Ju  Edison  Benzol-  Plant, 

Woodward,  Ala. 

Pe&r  ilr.  Opdyke s 

will  confirm  thl  ~™l0?S  C<W  S\nig^  letter  sent  last  night.  Shis 
Ba“e,,in  regard  to  shipping  another  carload  of  Naph- 

■  j SU^'SSer  “'“u 

-  ..  .  J1*  ought  to  have  an  understanding  about  another  matter 

and  that  is;  what  constitutes  a  carload  of  Naphthaline  Plakes?  I  find 
by  the  Eailway  tariff  lists  that  they  figure  16  tons  of  Naphthaline 
Plakes  eb  a  carload.  1  want  to  have  this  understood  with  you,  because 
in  future  when  we  are  wilting  or  telegraphing  about  a  carload  of  Naph¬ 
thaline  we  shall  understand  it  to  mean  the  standard  weight  as  classified 
by  the  Railways,  namely,  18  tons. 

This  railroad  class ific at ioh  is  18  tons  (56 ,000 .pounds ) 
gross,  which  would  include  the  barrels,  hut  if  our  shipment  should  weigh 
more  than  the  36,000  pounds  gross,  they  would  still  take  it  at  carload 
rates.  (Therefore,  I  think  .that  you  had  better  have  a  clear  understand¬ 
ing  that  when  we  speak  of  carload  lots  of  Naphthaline  we  will  mean  by 
that  18  tons  (36, -000  pounds)  of  the  Naphthaline  itself,  irrespective  of 
the  weight  of  the  barrels.  The  reason  for  this  is "that  when  I  sell  a 
carload  of  Naphthaline  I  want  to  be  able  to  sell  36,000  pounds  of  the 
Naphthaline  itself,  irrespective  of  the  weight  of  the  barrels.  Is  this 
quite  clear  to  you? 

I  am  Borry  to  say  that  we  have  a  little  complication  on 
account  of  the  off-oolor  shipment  which  you  made  to  the  ijaerican  Oil  & 
Supply  Company  some  weeks  ago.  They  have  to  make  a  reduction  in  price 
in  order  to  dispose  of  it.  Therefore,  in  order  to  straighten  the  matter 
out,  we  shall  have  to  supply  them  with  an  equivalent  quantity  at  id  per 
pound  less.  The  shipment  now  on  the  way  from  you  does  not  quite  fill 
the  quantity  requirements,  so  we  shall  have  to  allow  them  some  on  the 
next  shipment.  This  will  not  affect  your  figures,  but  is  a  matter  of 
adjustment  for  our  books,  and  has  caused  quite  a  little  complication. 

I  only  mention  this  to  you  as  an  illustration  of  what  we  are  up  against 
when  we  do  not  ship  all  first  class  quality. 

Yours  very  truly. 

iir .  J .  C .  Hummel , 
Box  195, 

Boise  City,  Idaho. 

Your  favor  of  the  24th  ultimo  to  Sir .  Edison  was  r< 
id  handed  to  him.  He  read  it  and  also  the  printed 

amount  of  evidence  that,  whi 

i  their  advantage,  they 

what  is  the  use  of  a  treaty  < 

The  only  way  is  that  the  civilized  nations,  such  as 
England,  France,  United  State  oi  .America,  Horway,  Holland,  etc. 
shall  he  prepared  for  all  emergencies  and  when  a  nation,  lilce 
Germany,  becomes  unruly,  let  these  other  nations,  if  they  can, 
ana  they  piobably  wouia ,  put  a  stop  to  it. 

\  Yours  very  truly, 

\  Edison  laboratory. 

2.  H>  Squibb  & 
V8  Beekman  Str< 
Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir : 


Jvor  of  the  first  instant  in 
:d  Carbolic  Acid  has  been  rec 

garfl  to  disool 



say  that  you  may  return  at 

and  tins  mentioned ,  and 

Mr.  Edison  has  ordered 

will  sC< 

Carbolic  Acid  that 

This  will  b( 

special . 

Your6  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edisi 

Mr.  Isaac  W.  England, 

PasBaic,  K.  J. 

Sear  Six: 

He  f  ar ring  to  your  -favor  of  the  £8th 
ultimo  to  Hr*  Edison,  he  requeBtB  me  to  eay 
that  he  has  looked  up  his  maps  and  would  like 
to  talk  the  matter  over  with  you  if  you  will 
come  over  and  see  him/  He  suggeBts  your  bring¬ 
ing  maps  of  the  property  and  full  data,  as  pro¬ 

Will  you  please  telephone  me  a  few 
hours  in  advance  of  your  coming  so  as  to  make 
sure  Mr.  Edison  will  be  here. 

Youre  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


D.  nildman. 
Signal  Carpi 

jhool , 

rouwortfc,  Kan. 

■■  Xour  .favo: 
all  the  teEtimonyyi] 
battery  in  theory u,  c 

In  November  1915,  the 
evolve!  at  all  times  during  anc 
sealed .  Sven  though  the  boat 
long  overcharge, .  before  the 
; the  electrolyte,  at  the  end 
of  the  boat  was  only  1.56$Sj 

!  On  the  contrar; 
the  first  4  l/2  .hourB  to 
fifteen  men  inside  [the-  boot 
mospheric  Oxygen  content  or. 

of  the  26th  ultimo  haB  beei 
the  case  and  see  no  reason 
‘sign  or  method  of '  ins  tall!] 

iOoived  .  I  have  reai 
change  ray  submarine! 

spartmont  made  a  teat  of  gat 
end  of  nine  hours,  with  thf 
Led  only  twelve  minutes  af te 
*d  on  charge  had  gotten  out 
irs  the  total  Hydrogen  oontc 
.figure  for  any  type  of  batl 

•y,  tho  battory  gavo  off  sufficient  Oxygon 
>  supply  all  necessary  for  respiration  of  1 
,  and  still  show  practically,  the  same  £ 
the  outside  air. 

A  very  groat , injustice 
£>3  newspapers  ,  inspired,  no  Jourr 
judgo  advocate  of  the  Board. 

has  boon  done  the  batter; 
if  by  the  unusual  bearing 

The  testimony  has . revealed- that  the  boat  being  ventilated 
.inboard  wihen  the  battery  was  being  discharged'  to  Zero  to  determine  vMc 
if  any,  cells  were  slightly  lower  in  capacity  than  the  others.  Thic  U 
obviously  a  condition  of  discharge  which  would  hover  be  approximated  ir. 
practice  as  the  eloetrieal  apparatus  would  oease  its  function  long  be¬ 
fore  enough- colls  could  be  reversed  to  cause  any  volume  of  gas  of  lunge 
ous  proportions. 

A  student  in  High  School  Chemistry  knows  ga6os  will  he’  evolve 
by  passing  current  throughan  alkaline  or  acid  solution  with  compara¬ 
tively  inert  electrodes,  as  a  reversed  storage  battery  becomes . 

On  the:  two  former  occasions  when  the  battery  was  discharged  1 
to  Zero  in  the  E-2,  when  my  man  Mitchell  was  present,  the  ventilation 
was'  outboard .  She  only  reason  I  can  assign  for  any  such  indescretlon 
as  ventilating  inboard  in  January  15th,  1916  was,  the  external  air  was  1 

IhroURh1tho  0ut'°paxd  ventilation 
thoofwi™  >?°n  hotch •  through 
boat  V„ r'uPorstfuoture. 
wanted  if  Kp“n™ .  ”"1"8  «  * 

indicate E"dr°e°n  aB  soon  a s 

leat° ,  the,  percentage “of  Hydro 
nave  solved  both  thosS  problems  ! 
ment  to  use  as  they  see  fit. 

into  the  boat 
outboard;  thrOu 
;•  working  in  tb 

given  off  gat 
fc  BhoiOd  be  ec 
it  is  formed  i  - 
Jgen  in  the  boat  if 
and  will  give  them, 

■'hen  standing  or  dis- 
b  with  apparatus-  fop 
)  with  apparatus  to 
any  gets, there.  I 
to  the  IJuyy  Depart- 

Yours  very  truly, 

s lie 

,  TMIT: 


W  : 

7  kJ 

Pet.  7th.  1916 

United  Piece  Bye  Works, 

1S2  Madison  Avenue, 

Hew  York  City. 

Gentlemen : 

'  \ve  may  possibly  pro&uce  for  sale  some 
Or thoni tr ophenol  sometime  this  Spring, 
informed  that  you  might  he  in  the  market  or 

*  We  write  to  ask  whether  or 

of  this  material.  »e 

not  this  information  is  correct. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Feb.  8  th.  1916 . 

Mr.  Isaac  England, 

Passaic,  M.  J. 

Bear  Mr .  England. : 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the 
7th  instant,  and  have  heen  able  to  interrupt 
Mr.  Edison  long  enough  to  ask  him  if  he  'will 
see  you  on  Thursday.-  He  says  that  he  will  if 
you  will  come  on  Thursday  morning.  I  would 
suggest  about  10;30  as  a  good  time. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Fefc.  8tji .  0,016 


r  c 

D  3 


Eeb.  8th.  1916/ 

Innham  &  Moore, 

Produce  Exchange, 

Hew  York  City- 

Gentlemen ; 

We  have  another  carload  of  Toluol  in  drums  ready  for 
shipment  as  soon  as  it  is  accepted  by  Mr.  hyddon,  the  inspector. 
As  you  are  aware,  thlB  Toluol  is  shipped  from  Johnstown.  Pa. 

We  have  a  letter  from  the  plant  this  morning  stating  that  the 
Pennsylvania  Railroad  Company  informed  them  that  they  are  not 
accepting  any  freight  for  export  shipment  except  that  which  has 
been  specially  arranged  for,  and  they  will  require  orders  from 
their  Hew  York  office  before  they  will  acoept  any  such  ohipment. 

We  write,  therefore,  to  ask  you  to  get  in  touch  with 
Mr.  lyadon  .ana  make  the  proper  arrangements,  so  that  when  he 
expects  this  shipment  of  Toluol  you  will  he  able  to.  furnish  us 
with  a  letter  from  the  headquarters  of  the  Pennsylvania  Railroad 
Company  in  Hew  York  City,  authorizing  their  agent  at  Johnstown, 

Pa.  to  accept  thiB  shipment,  which  will  be  approximately  35  drums. 
Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

Peb.  8th.  1916. 

Hr.  C.  H.  Opdyke , 

%  Woodward  Iron  Co., 

Woodward,  ija. 

Dear  Ur.  Opdyke; 

You  will  -bo  pleased  to  learn  that  we  have  sold  six 
oarloads  of  36,000  pounds  each,  of  naphthaline  Plates,  (White) 
to  he  -shipped  as  follows : 

1  oarload  to  be  shipped  Pebruary^th . 

^  ii  ii  »  March  10th.  s*  11^. 

n  „  »  "  26tb-  -  ll5>  ,  . 

V  ii  *  »  April  delivery-  11  l/4d 

2  «  «  «  »  May  delivery  -  11  3/4? 

Our  Woodward  friends  will  probably  be  interested  and 
•pleas'd#  to  have  the  above  information  also  . 

It  Is  i*p. to  now  to  make  good  on  deliveries,  and 
trust  you  will  have  no  difficulty  in  doing  so.  I  have  re¬ 
lated  our  Traffic  Deparlm^'t  to  get  an  extra  hustio 
the  empty  tank  ears  'oaei;  t0  you. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Ur.  Mipop. 

Feb.  7th.  1916. 

S tedman-Eagau , 

220  iVeBt°4£ndestreetI'ram&tiBtS  &  ComP°sers, 

«ew  York  Cit^'.  ' 

ftos r  iirs.  Sagan; 

rep-'-ot  th  t  r  1  hEVS  re0eiVSd  "aVOr  °f  ^  £9th  Ulti-  and 
t',  *  *  bS  draWn  int0  a  diBoasBloa  of  business  de¬ 

ne  to  which  the  Studio  is  chiefly  concerned. 

Of  course,  you  will  take  it  for  granted  that  I  am 
desirous  of  having  all  of  my  departments  properly  conducted,  and 
am  quite  convinced  that  the  affairs  up  at  the  Studio  are  quite 
*eU  tiauiaiBt#r«4-  From  the  very  nature  of  the  business,  manu¬ 
scripts  are  sent  entirely  at  the  author's  risk,  and  if  they  are 
not  formally  accepted,  the  only  thing  that  we  can  do  is  to  return 

Mr.  McOhesney  states  positively  that  your  manu¬ 
scripts  were  returned,  and  I  cannot  do  otherwise  than  take  his 
.'ord  for  it,  as  he  has  been  in  my  employ  for  many  years,  and 
:  have  found  him  to  be  business-like,  capable  and  correct,  as 
r°H  &re  7,0x1  aware>  not  an  unusual  thing  for  mail  matter 

o  go  astray ,  Shis  is  the  only  inference  I  can  draw  from  this 

Yours  very  truly. 



Feb.  5th.  193.6. 

Ur.  Frank  D.  lambie,  Vies  Pres., 
lambie  Concrete  House  Corporation, 

61  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City. 

Bear  Mr.  Lambie : 

I  received  your  favor  of  the  20th 
ultimo,  and  am  very  glad  indeed  to  learn  that 
you  have  been  able  to  make  your  financial 
arrangements  for  commercially  carrying  out 
your  system  of  casting  concrete  houses  with 
your  steel  forms. 

If  you  proceed  cautiously  and  con¬ 
servatively,  I  don't  see  any  reason  why  you 
should  not  make  a  great  success.  Your  field 
is  unlimited,  and  you  have  my  best  wishes. 

Yours  very  truly. 


i’Cb.  4  th . 


linker,  supt., 

^''0UoohQr'CntreetStflnt  EpiB00l>al  °ity  Hie*  0 

Jsl-  Y,?k  City. 

I  have  received  your  appeal,  anil 
flend  you.  a  contribution  of  $3.0. GO. 

I  have  noticed  hundreds  of  husky  < 
locoking  rich  at  the  soup  houses  and  the  city  lodg- 
lM-  h0USeE>  "ild  3,et  manufacturers  have  a  great 
of  i,ioub..e  get  men  for  their  plants, 
that  is  the  rsas^? 

February  11,  1916, 

Bqui table  Truat  Company, 

"3?  Wall  Street, 

Sew  York  City. 

Oe*ti«*en'. - 

Bnoloaed  find  cbeck  to  your  order 

»„  «m.M  to  »**  ,«,«!»•“>»  «'  5  "“** 

*.!!„  on  MM  S.Uon.  .t  <•»  »*""*  4“”“’ 
14ll,u>  to  HI.  Brlttanic  ».).=t,o  O.v..™.*-*1*™ 

acknowledge  receipt. 

YpurB  very  truly. 


Eeb’y  11,1915, 

Uitsul  ft  Company, 

25  Madison  Avenue, 

New  York  City, 

Attention  Mr.  8.  Takaki. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  10th  instant, 

L  would  say, that  the  item  "Inv.  Heinrich  Hirzel"  amounting 
to  8237.03  represents  sin  amount  of  l/4  cents  per  gallon 
on  Toluol  and  Benzol  shipped  from  Woodward  and  is  in 
accordance  with  Ur.  Edison's  instructions  which  read  "1 
want  to  put  aside  l/4  cents  a  gallon  as  royalty  to  Hirzel 
on  eaoh  gallon  Benzol  and  Toluol  shipped  from  Johnstown 
and  Woodward  I  use  his  patent  and  cant  reach  him(  He  lives 
in  Germany).  This  is  to  be  cgarged  to  operating”. 

1  hope  this  explanation  will  be  satisfactory, 
as  to  the  credit  memo  for  $2288.91  for  Napthaline  shipped 
Dec. 27th  for  the  account  of  Woodward  Iron  Co.  As  this 
transaction  is  handled  through  Mr.  Edison's  personal  books 
and  not  through  Thos.  A.  Edison  Inc.  I  Will  have  to  askyou 
to  send  check  for  it  instead  of  the  Credit  Memo  which  I  am 
returning  herewith. 

t,”1.4  Supply  Company, 
52  Lafayette  Street, 
Bewark,  H.  j. 

Ihia  is  to  confirm  my  sale  to  you  of  naphthaline  flakes 
from  Woodward,  Ala.  Plant,  as  follows: 

1  carload  to  be  shipped  February  9th.  -  <3  l/zd 

"  "  24th.  -  xod 

March  10th.  _  nj 

2b  th.  -  nd 

1  «  „  „  „  delivery  -  n  1/4^ 

May  delivery  -  n  3/4^ 

It  is  understood  that  a  carload  in  each  ease  means  18 
tons  (36.000  pounds)  of  the  net  material,  and  all  to  be  packed 
in  barrels.  It  is  understood,  of  course,  that  the  above  are 
approximate  dates  of  delivery,  but  I  think  that  the  shipments 
will  be  prompt. 

It  is  to  be  understood,  of  course,  that  the  above  is 
subject  to  delays  caused  by  fires,  explosions,  strikes,  floods, 
railway  embargoes,  or  any  other  causes  beyond  my  control. 

Yours  very  truly,'  '  ^ 


Feb.  14  th..  1916. 

Mr.  Isaac  W.  England, 

Passaic,  H.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  England: 

Your  favor  of  the  11th  instant  to 
Mr.  Edison  was  received  and  laid  before  him. 
He  xequests  us  to  say  that  the  matter  as  pre¬ 
sented  in  your  letter  is  all  right,  and  you 
may  send  your  papers  along. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 


Feb.  id*-  1916 • 

Mr.  Frank  B.  Field, 

re ^cr ^Col^  ■^anufaoturing  Co., 

Sear  Sir: 

replying  to  .your  favor  of  the  4th  instant,  let  me 
say  that  Mr.  Slderfcin  name  to  us  to  sell  his  transforming  de¬ 
vice.  We  think  the  device  is  pretty  good.  Elderkin  worked 
here  two  months.  We  investigated  and  found  that  he  could 
not  make  a  contract  with  us,  having  previously  contracted  with 
some  Denver  people,  (I  suppose  now  it  must  be  your  company). 

We  ascertained  further  that  in  his  device  there  was 
a  vitally  essential  part  covered  by  a  patent  which  is  owned  by 
the  General  Electric  Company.  Taking  it  all  together,  we  de¬ 
cided,  in  view  of  his  statements,  to  have  nothing  to  do  with 
him.  Still  he  has  a  good  and  very  promising  device,  -  one  that 
has  a  future  if  he  is  eliminated  and  a  license  obtained  from 
the  General  Electric  Company.  I  am  assuming  that  their  patent 
is  good,  but  it  may  not  be. 

Youtb  very  truly, 

Yours  very  truly. 

Feb.  14th.  1916, 

Yours  very  truly, 

Mr.  C.  R.  Johnson, 

%  She  Goodyear  Tire  &  Rubber  Co. 
jikron,  Ohio. 

Bear  Mr.  Johnson:  t 

Your  esteemed  favor  of  the  8th  ?. 

instant  was  received  and  I  have  brought  it  j 

to  the  attention  of  Mr.  Edison,  who  noted  li 

jour  suggestions  about  making  an  accelerated  | 

teBt  of  the  rubber  that  you  sent  him.  | 

He  has  told  me  to  make  the  necessary 
arrangements  to  send  to  Mrs.  Johnson  one  of 
onr  Disc  Phonographs,  together  with  some  .rec¬ 
ords  .  If  you  will  kindly  let  me  know  the  ad¬ 
dress  of  your  residence  (I  presume  you  will 
want  it  shipped  there),  I  will  have  the  in¬ 
strument  and  records  forwarded  at  once. 

I  mailed  you  two  samples  of  the  art¬ 
icles  about  which  I  wrote  you  a  few  days  ago. 

These  were  mailed  from  my  residence  town.  Boon- 
ton,  H*  J.  I  shall  be  glad  to  hear  from  you 
on  that  subject  at  your  convenience. 

Yours  very  truly, 

tfeb.  16th.  1916 

Brown  Brothers, 

14Q2  Broadway, 

Mew  York  faity. 

Gentlemen : 

Your  favor  of  the  14th  instant  has  been  received. 

1  CSn  Send  °Ut  -  ~1.o  photograph  the  set  of  En 
cyclopaedia  Britannioa  in  Mr.  Edison-s  library,  but  as  I 
told  Hr.  Patton,  I  cannot  make  a  definite  promise  about 
Photographing  Hr.  Edison,  ihia  is  especially  true  Just 
now,  as  he  is  very  busy  Indeed  on  a  special  line  of  experi¬ 
ments.  and  it  is  difficult  to  have  him  break  away  even  for 

fours  very  truly. 

assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Feb.  16th.  1916. 

rf-// . 

Fab.  17th.  1916 

Munition  Manufacturers  1  Associates 
1019  flatiron  Building, 

Mew  York  City. 


Eeplying  to  your  favor  of  the  12th 
instant,  Mr.  Edison  requests  us  to  say  that 
he  is  not  in  the  market _f or  any  Benzol  just 
now,  but  has  bought  a  large  quantity  for  the 
remainder  of  the  year  at  65  cents . 

Benzol  is  regularly  quoted  in  Eng¬ 
land  p-t  32  l/2  cents  per  gallon,  but  none  can 
be  shipped  out. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

Ur.  Robert  Tempest, 

Carlisle,  Pa. 

Dear  Mr.  Tempest: 

Your  esteemed  favor  of  the  10th  instant  has  given  me 
a  great  deal  of  pleasure, .  coming  as  it  does  from  one  who  is  a 
competent  judge .  I  have  worked  very  hard  for  many  years  to  at¬ 
tain  as  nearly  as  possible  a  true  re-creation  of  musical  tone  as 
rendered  by  the  human  voice  and  all  known  instruments  of  music. 

I  have  encountered  innumerable  difficulties,  but  »ar  ««  wol‘fc 
faithful  following  up  logical  thought  I  have  been  able  to  obtain 
the  present  xesultB.  It  is  always  a  source  of  much  gratification 
to  me  to  find : that  ny  efforts  are  truly. appreciated  by  those  who 
understand  and  love  good  music,  and  Wish  you  to  accept  my  thanks 
for  your  kind-  letter. 

’  The  four  pieces  of  rahsic  which  you  were  kind  enough  to 
send  me  have  come  to  hand,  but  I  have  not  yet  received  the  four, 
records  of  your  own  pianoforte  playing,  made  with  the  Home  Phono¬ 
graph.  if  they  have  not  *et  been  sent,  will  you  please  address  , 
them  to  my  Assistant,  .Mr.  IV.  H.  Meadoworoft,  at  this  address,  ana 
toe  will, see  that  I  get  them  at  once. 

If  they  have  been  forwarded  already,  will  you  kindly 
1„+  mo  Vnnw  aB  to  whom  they  were  addressed. 


Feb.  1.6  th.  1916. 

Hon.  Everett  Colby, 

Essex  Building, 

Bewark,  M.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Colby: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of 
the  12th  instant,  and  regret  that  I  shall 
be  unable  to  accept  your  invitation  to  be 
a  guest  at  the  dinner  to  be  given  at  the 
Essex  County  Country  Club  on  March  third. 

I  do  not  expect  to  be  here  at  that 
time,  as  I  am  trying  to  arrange  my  affairs 
to  get  away  to  Florida  on  the  25th  instant. 

Please  accept  my  thanks  and  ap¬ 
preciation  for  the  kind  invitation  extended 

Yours  very  truly , 

Feb.  10th..  1916 

x.  liar  tin  H.  Glynn,  Editor, 
he  i’imes-Union, 

'imes  Union  Building, 

.Ibaay,  U  •  Y. 

)ear  Mr.  Glynn: 

Allow  me  to  acknowloaBe  receipt,  of 
pour  favor  of  the  11th  instant,  and  to  ex¬ 
press  my  appreciation  of  your  hind  remembrance 
of  my  birthday  and  of  all  your  good  wishes  and 
congratulations,  not  only  as  expressed  in  your 
letter,  but  in  the  editorial  enclosed. 

*  if  you  and  your  wife  ever  come  to 
He.  York.  -d  you  have  the  time  to  spare.  I  shall 
he  glad  to  have  you  come  over  to  the  laboratory 
and  see  me.  X  shall  be  pleased  to  renew  our 

acquaintance . 

With  kind  regards  from  Mrs.  Edison  and 
myself,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 




Feb.  21st.  1916. 

Mitsui  &  Company,  Limited, 

25  i.lad  is  on  .avenue, 

Hew  York  City. 

Attention  of  iJr.  gakaki . 

Lear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  17th  instant  has 
been  received.  Mr.  Edison  wishes  me  to  say 
that  he  is  willing  to  sell  you  two  or  three 
hundred  pounds  each  of  the  following  inter¬ 
mediate  produots:- 

1.  Soda  Salt  of  Benzol  Sulphuric  acid. 

2.  Crushed  Cake  of  Phenol  Soda. 

As  soon  as  you  send  your  shipping 
instructions,  we  will  arrange  to  have  an  early 
shipment  made.  I  cannot  give  you  the  price  at 
this  moment,  but  will  have  to  figure  it  out  and 
let  you  know. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Fab.  22nd.  1916. 

Mr.  Frank  C.  Roberts , 

$  Frank  C.  Roberts  &  Company, 

Real  Estate  Trust  Building, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Bear  Sir: 

Mr.  Mallory  forwarded  to  us  your  favor  of  the 
16th  instant,  in  which  you  make  inquiry  about  Mr.  Leopold 

Leopold  Barron  was  a  draughtsman  in  our  employ 
at  one  of  our  Carbolic  Acid  Plants.  He  is  not  a  chemist, 
and  so  far  as  we  knew  when  he  was  employed  by  us,  he  knew 
nothing  of  chemistry.  He  left  us.  and  we  have  heard  from 
various  sources  that  he  has  been  trying  to  make  a  sale  of 
plans  of  a  Carbolic  Acid  Plant. 

He  did  not  put  up  a  plant  for  Mr.  Edison.  He  was 
merely  a  draughtsman  and  nothing  more. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Laboratory. 

Mas,  Louis  hazard, 

■D2  b'illiaa:  Street,  . 

Lew  York  City, 

Dear  Min  Lazar d : 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  £lst 
instant,  and  shall  now  expect  to  receive  shipping  instructions 
for  the  3  eft-  of  Sarapfcenylenediamine  for  Bordeaux.  Immediater 
on  hearing  from ifcsnrs.  Lunham  &  Moore,  we  will  make  ship¬ 
ment.  At  our  last  'interview  you  said  that  you  woulO  like  to 
have  2.000  pounds  more  of  the  Paraphenylenediamine .  and  at  a  sub¬ 
sequent  talk  on  the  telephono  I  told  you  that  -e  ohould.  have  to 
accumulate  this  within  six  weeks.  X  am  not  quite  sure  whether 

or  nat  you  ,:„h  to  take  this  quantity,  which  we- could  furnish  hy 

having  quite  a  large  demand  for  this  article  just 
to  Ur.  Edison  about  reserving  this  quantity  for 
aether  it  would  be  agreeable  for  us  to  set  aside 
„e>  for  six  weeks  to  fill  your  order .  He  thought 
■  do  this  that  it  would  only  be  proper  to  expeot  a 
f  twenty  or  v-  ,-..ty-five  percent  of  the  amount  of 

sarnest  of  your  taking  it. 

Kindly  let  me  hear  from  you  ■  at  your  early  convenience . 
"lours  very  truly, 

nc«,  and  I  spo3 
you.  '  asking  hii 
,■533  pounds  per 

Ur.  C.  V. .  Huff, 
3216  Grove  avenue, 
Richmond,  Va. 

X  have  -received  your  favor  of  the 
12th  instant,  which  has  been  read  with  much 
interest,  let  me  say  in  reply  to  your  in¬ 
quiry  that  we  use  eighteen  instruments  in  our 
*and  records,  hut  of  course,  all  do  not  play 
at  the  one  time.  Replying  to  your  ether  ques¬ 
tion,  I  would  say  that  the  advantage  of  the 
Disc  over  the  Cylinder  record  of  the  present 
eize  is  that  there  are  some  selections  we  can- 
uot  reproduce  good  enough  on  the  cylinder,  other¬ 
wise  there  is  very  little  difference. 

I  am  finishing  up  a  new  recording 

-a*  -  "“’”**•*  „ 

11  1*”*WI  , 

up  a-utw.  of 


February  21st,  1916. 

Mitsui  &  Compani,  Limited, 

25  Madison  Avenue, 

Now  York  Oity. 

Attention  of  Mr.  Shunzo  Talrakl 

Dear  Sirs 

I  Have  received  your  favor  of  the 
16th  instant  in  resard  to  the  Phenol  Plant  in  Japan 
and  wish  to  say  in  regard  thereto  that  your  letter  is 
in  accordance  with  the  conversation  that' we. have  had  on 
tho  subject. 

I  am  quite  satisfied  to  trust  entirely 
to  Mitsui  &  Company,  Limited  as  to  any  profits  that  I 
may  receive  in  the  future  from  the  Phenol  Plant  to  be 
installed  and  operated  in  Japan  according  to  my  plans 
and  according  to  tho  instructions  given  to  your  Mr.  latsurai. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Sgnd.  Shoe.  A.  3dis 

Feb  .  23rd .  1916 . 

if  the  18th  instant  was  received  and  submitted 
;  been  exceedingly  busy  the  laBt  few  weeks, 

Lat  in  arrears.  Hence,  we  have  not  replied  mor< 

¥our  favor  of  the  18th  inBtant  was  rec 
to  Mr.  Edison.  He  has  been  exceedingly  busy  the 
and  his  mail  is  somewhat  in  arrears.  Hence,  we 

It  is  quite  true  that  the  Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Company  are 

5-ssk  ««  «.w 

ras  s  sr 

on  the  right  side,  f  ««y. 

lt ,  ssss 

price  in  the  Unitea  States,  aad  advise  you  i  at  about  90 4 

do  bo.  At  the  present  Jimo  spot  “  6QJ  an|  66^  por  gallon. 

Mr .  UUo»  ha.  ..1U»  f  8* 

of  Strauss  «»“**“»«'  »“ 

S'erSh^trtaSa  I  Heagoe  for  Instructions. 


Strauss  &  Hedges, 
12  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City 

Feb.  23rd.  1916/ 

Gentlemen ; 

Enclosed  I  beg  to  hand  you  a  copy  of  a  letter  received 
from  Messrs.  F.  W .  Myers  &  Company,  to  which  we  would  ask  your 
kind  consideration. 

We  would  call  your  special  attention  to  the  last  para¬ 
graph  of  their  letter,  and  in  view  of  that,  Mr.  Edison  wishes  you 
would  kindly  advise  him  what  to  do . 

The  point  is,  the  price  of  Benzol  fluctuates  from  day 
to  day.  The  next  is,  there  are  two  separate  and  distinct  prices 
for  Benzol,  one  for 'spot" Benzol  end  the  other  for  contract  Benzol. 
At  the  present  time  spot  Beneclia  selling  anywhere  from  seventy 
to  ninety  cents  a  gallon,  whereas  the  highest  price  we  have  paid 
for  Benzol  on  time  contract  is  sixty-five  cents  per  gallon.  The 
public  would  not  necessarily  know,  and  might  not  be  able  to  find 
out  the  price  of  contract  Benzol  from  time  to  time,  as  these  con¬ 
tract  arrangements  are  made  between  private  parties,  whereas 
spot  Benzol  is  sold  in  the  open  market. 

\ve  have  in  mind  the  idea  of  writing  to  F.  U,  Myers  & 
Company,  say  once  a  week,  giving  them  the  price  of  Benzol,  so  far 
as  we  know.  The  point  upon  which  Mr.  Edison  would  line  to  have 
information  is  whether  F.  Yr.  Myers  &  Company  shall  enter  our  im¬ 
portations  of  Benzol  at  spot  price  or  contract  price. 

Yours  very  truly, 

i^jUUeUx  *r  > 


Feb.  23rd .  1916. 

Hr.  Shunzo  Takaki,  , 

<t  Hitsui  ■&  Company ,  Limited, 

25  Madison  Avenue, 
jjew  Xork  City. 

Se“  »„  favor  of  th.  SUt  !».*.»*  *»» 

„  W  *1.  -ornios-  »*“«»  ^  ^  ^ 

.  .  „+  and  i  wui  show  the  papers  to  Mr.  Ed 
of  work  on  this  subjeot,  and  1 

-  -  vn:  -  r 

*“  -*  *■"  °ne  oi , 

„  ^ «»« ...» »=  *  “ tM  ***“•  t„ 

them,  because  1  Manufacturing  Cost  per  ton 

.  the  bottom  of  the  first  s  ee  price  $2200. 

,  _  +  the  top  of  the  next  page 

§2205.”.  -d  at  th  P  ^  ^  ^  the  making  of  X*lB»  is 
per  ton".  Shen  i  go  Surely  there  must  be  some  un¬ 
profitable  at  the  presen  fll  at  $2200.  per  ton 

take,  as  it  would  scarcely  pay  °  se  therefore,  why 

lf  it  costs  $2206.  to  dmnufactuxe.  ^u 

i  return  these. ^  ^  ^  oth0r  vapers  until  1  hear  from  you. 

yours  very  truly, 

**  *  : 
asaiBtant  to  Jtt.  »«»' 



Feb.  21st.  1916. 

Hies  lettie  Clarriter, 

Buttonw-il  low,  Kern  County. 


Bear  Madam: 

I  have  reoeived  your  favor  of  the  13th  instant,  which 
has  boon  read  with  much  interest.  I  shall  be  glad  if  you  would 
kindly  give  me  the  names  of  the  great  singers  which  the  Victor 
people  have  outside  of  Caruso.  Y/e  claim  that  they  are  celebrat¬ 
ed  mostly  for  their  acting  and  personality  and  not  for  the  purity 
of  their  voiceB;  also  that  the  general  public  is  ignorant  of  the 
fact.  So  far  as  we  are  concerned  we  already  have  recorded  twelve 
singers  who  sung  at  the  Metropolitan  Opera  House  in  Hew  York,  end 
I  have  a  curiosity  to  have  your  list. 

as  to  Hiss  Foley,  let  me  say  that  we  are  always  seek¬ 
ing  fine  voices  and  if  she  ever  comes  to  Hew  York,  we  shall  be 
glad  to  have  her  get  in  communication  with  us,  as  we  would  like 
to  make  a  trial  record  of  her  voice. 

Yours  very  truly, 

S-eb.  £2nd.  1916. 

Mr.  £.  G .  Liebold, 

Secretary  to  HEHB.Y  £OED, 

Detroit,  Micii. 

hear  Ur.  liebold: 

Mr.  Ueadoworoft  has  shoirn  me  your 
letter  to  him  of  the  16th  instant  in  regard 
to  the  phonograph  which  was  made  in  your  fac¬ 

X  have  been  investigating  the  changes 
that  were  made,  and  find  that  two  of  them  couia 
not  be  used  on  account  of  acoustic  reasons. 

The  casting  of  the  frame  in  one  piece  would  cause 
us  a  Iobs  by  reason  of  the  expenditure  of  too 
much  worh  .  if  a  frame  was  discarded- 

The  trouble  is,  that  phonograph  condi¬ 
tions  are  not  ordinary  conditions  when  the  ques¬ 
tion  of  manufacturing  is  at  stake. 

yours  very  truly. 


•will  be  for  my  purpose. 

If  I  can  get  the  right  material  at  the  right  price 
two  cars  a  wee*,  possibly  more.  Will  you  hindly  give  me  answers  t 
following  questions  as  promptly  as  possible - 

can  use 

What  is  the  Potash  content  of  your  FeldsparS 

i:  ££  “S* UfSSlL 

3.  What  is  your  best  price  per  to 

4.  w*  from  So«  point  of  .nlp-nt  to 
Orange,  M.  T 

jntent i  ,  . _ 

,  carload  lots,  say  two 

0r!:'3S0’  ’  ’bar  that  I  do  not  care  anything  about  the  appear- 

Please  remember  that  1  ao  n  ,  v 

ns  the  Potash  content  iB  high. 

— — -  “  s\: r; — - 

Por  your  information,  let  me  say  a 

Minins  .to,  *  of  *«<„*.  «U«-  »  «-*  *“  ^ 
all  freight  and  duty  paid. 

Sours  very  truly. 

Feb .  2&nd.  1916. 

Ur.  Ralph  D.  llershon, 

80  ““K-HSi  oitj. 

»•"  “•  ot  the  ll>th 

I  received  your  favor  oi 

.  have  looked  over  the  same  carefully, 
with  enclosures.^  ^  dolay  in  making  reply 

1  m8t  "  y°  ,  been  working  twenty  and  more  hours 

"  y°Ur  1  fecial  experiments ,  and  have  only  3ust  fin- 

;::;uw •» «  - — ~ 

last  five  or  six  days .  accommodating.  I 

'«1U  "*  s“  “  to  to  BW  t»t.  the  Mllitew 

of  W  »*"•  “  1  40  “  '  h1T.0d„  <..«  i-'"*”4' 

yours  very  truly. 

Enclosures . 


jet).  23rd-  1916. 

Steel  Cities  Chemical  Company, 

Birmingham,  Ala. 


I  am  in  receipt  of  jrour  favor  of 
the  14th  instant,  concerning  Sulphuric  Acid 
for  my  Benzol  Slant  at  Woodward.  Ala. 

We  only  use  a  little  over  three-  of  .  *«»  P“  **>  «*  660  B,U” 

„  it  ,-o«ia  o.  .6.0.001. .  i  »o»ia  no.  *0 

tract  at  this  rate  th*  ”“1 - 1  ™» 
preset  year.  a«y  ««»  “*• 

of  course ,  that  a  satisfactory  price  «.»  0. 


Awaiting  the  favor  of  your  reply. 

t  remain. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Feb.  22nd •  19 

Hr.  C.  A.  Shea, 

The  Wall  Street  Journal, 
new  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Shea: 

Allow  me  to  acknovfledge  receipt  of 
your  favor  of  the  14th  instant,  enclosing  a 
clipping  from  the  Boston  Globe  of  February 
8th  in  regard  to  the  death  of  Mr.  Dennis  J. 
Hern.  I  remember  him  perfectly,  and  regret 
to  learn  that  ho  hoc.  pasaad  away 

very  kind  of  you' 


r.  It  was 
this  matter. 

February  24,  1916. 

A.  I.  Clymer,  Beq. , 

Van  Wert,  Ohio. 

My  dear  Mr.  Clymer: 

Z  could  not  very  well  moke 
the  exchange  mentioned  in  you*  letter  of  the 
21st  instant. 

We  are  earning  in  the  Storage 
Battery  Company  from  *260.000  to  *275.000  yearly, 
and  could  pay  dividend,  were  it  not  that  wo  are 
saving  up  money  to  pay  off  *500.000  in  Bonds  in 
July  1»15.  »toon  mature. 

After  this  y«*v  (providing 

1.  „0  P«l.)  «  no  *<"">*• 


fours  very  truly. 

Feb.  2£th.  1916. 

Hr-  J.  C.  Cross* 

1000  Chestnut  Street, 

Philadelphia,  Pa* 

JDear  Sir: 

lour  favor  of  the  2lBt  instant  to  Mr.  Edison 

eeived  and  has  hod  his  personal  consideration. 

He  requests  me  to  say  in  reply  that  our  experience  is 
that  grease  or  oil  does  not  improve  the  surface.  Sometimes  it 
collects  dirt.  If  jou  use  it.  he  suggests  that  you  »!re  xne 
records  as  dry  as  you  can  after  applying  the  grease. 

He-  wishes  me  also  to  say  that  the  scratchy  surface  is 

tie  worrj  of  >»  Ilf-.  ■»*  "  h“  ““ 

eighteen  h.«re  «  »•>  to  get  rid  of  It.  end  = 

will  certainly  succeed. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Ur.  Ed  if 


Feb.  25th.  1916, 

lir.  Harry  1.  E.  Sweeney, 

320  North  Walnut  Street, 

JffoKoneo,  Ind. 

Hear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  22nd  Instant  has  been  received . 

There  Is  only  one  way  in  which  we  could  decide  as  to  whether 
your  voice  would  be  suitable  for  making  phonograph  records, 
and  that  is  to  have  a  trial  record  made,  to  be  passed  upon 
by  our  Husic  Committee. 

We  have  only  one  Recording  laboratory,  and  that  is 
at  79  Fifth  Avenue,  New  York:  City.  We  do  not  pay  the  expenses 
of  singers  or  others  coming  to  make  trial  records,  but  if  you 
should  happen  to  be  in  New  York  City  at  anytime,  you  may  get 
in  communication  with  us  here  and  we  will  arrange  to  have  you 
go  to  our  Recording  laboratory  to  make  a  trial  record. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

'•  :2_ 

Lunham  &  ISaore, 

Produce  Exchange, 

Bew  York  City. 

I  am  holding  .for  your  shipping  instructions  six 
oases  of  Paraphenylene diamine  for  Lazara-Godchaux  &  Company, 
Bordeaux.  I  have  received  today  a  letter  from  Mr,  houis  ■ 
hazard  stating  that  the  steamship  company  wish  to  have  part- 

••iphenylenediamine  is  only  a  dye  for  dyeing 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. C7 

To  His  Excellency , 

General  a.  Sapojnikoff, 

Chairman  of  the  Russian  Goveinm 
Hem  York. 

B.gardlng  •-!>«  provisional  -order  elver.  M  o.n.rol  B.rmmlns 
to  the  Sloane  Mannfaotorlne  cow,  1  «o»  In  .opine 
that  I  will  be  glad  to  «  .on-ln-lav, -Ur.  Slo.n. .  over, 

osslstanoe  that  -»  »ori»  «««*  *“  *“1"t  M"  *°  “1W" 

tie  aeroplane,  v.lthln  the  oontr.ot  tl«.  1  l..™ 
the  facilities  of  the  Clean.  «« tnrln.  Cow  and  teller. 

that  if  the  delivery  of  the  enrines  i 

fc  hindered  hy  delays 

in  transportati 

the  aeroplanes  can  he  deliv 

ieven  months,  in  fact,  1  think  they  can  be  delivered  much 

Ur.  John  Bacon,  Jr., 

*  Edison  Boncol  Plant, 
Johnstov^n,  Pa. 

I  have  hoen  trying  '.o  get  permission 
from  the  Pennsylvania  Railroad  Company  to  their 
Agent  at  Johnstov.n,  to  accept  the  car  of  Toluol 

a  hy  Tuosday  v;e  shall  hai 

to  unload  it  unless  it  is  necessary,  and  shall 
telegraph  you  the  moment  1  hear  from  them.  Please 
ao  not  forget  to  let  me  know  how  much  demurrage 
there  is  charged  against  us  on  account  of  this 


I'ab.  26th.  1316. 

Strauss  &  Hedges K 
12  3roadway , 

Hew  York  City* 


Referring  to  your  favor  of  the  24th  inBtant,  let  me  say 
that  it  is  going  to  be  rather  a  difficult  proposition  to  keep 
v  y< .  livers  &  Company  aavised  of  the  American  selling  price  of 
Imported  spot  Benzol.  She  difficulty  wouia  bo  to  obtain  the  in¬ 
formation  promptly,  as  there  are  a  great  many  Por^®  °f 
the  United  States .  1  suppose  the  information  could  be  obtained 

from  the  (Treasury  Department  at  'Washington,  but  i  am  inclinea  to 
think  that  this  would  bo  quite  some  time  after  the 
had  been  made,  and,  therefore,  not  sufficiently  prompt  for  the 
purpose.  We  have  no  positive  information  of  any  Benzol  °-ing 
imported  into  the  United  States  and  doubt  very  much  if  tnere 
is  any  appreciable  quantity  coming  into  the  country,  .ns  last 
quotation  we  heard  for  Benzol  in  England  was  a  low  one .and  if 

^eruniteIPstatesa2pprai9eremlglitmraiso  the  valuation  oa  the 
baBis  of  the  market  for  American  Benzol. 

You  will  see  from  the  above  where  the  difficulties  lie, 
and  at.  Edison  will  be  very  glad  if  you  will  kindly  advise  us 
what  will  be  the  safe  thing  to  do . 

There  is  a  cor  of  Benzol  on  the  way  to  ue  now  fromSydney, 
Hova  Scotia,  so  we  must  act  rather  promptly  on  our  par  . 

Yours  yery  truly. 

Assistant  to  1 


IVb.  B8th.  1916. 

D  Van  Uo strand  Company, 

City.  Attention  of  Ur.  C, 

hear  Mr-  Speire; 

A  few  days  ago  you.  sent  me  four  or  five 

Mo*.  »  *1“  *  1111  ■  1  "1SlBil  “* 

Mil,  .»a  „o»M  «  gM  «  you  *111  U«l.  ”»«  ~ 

a  duplicate.- 

>3r.  Bdisan  vjantB  you  to  send  the  follow¬ 


tfext  Boot  of  Organio  Chemistry" 

"Electro  Chemistry  of  Organic 

ioh-lorenz . 

Published  by  John  Wiley. 

Will  you  kindly  send 

these  to  me  and.  oblige. 

Vours  very  truly, 
Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 

Fob.  fei'Hh.  1916, 

Ur ,  C .  V. .  Wagner, 

206  best  109th  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir; 

Your  favor  of  the  26th  instant  to 
Mr.  Edison  has  been  received.  He  requests  us 
to  say  that  inasmuch  as  hebas  just  contributed 
a  .phonograph  and  records  to  the  German  Bazaar, 
which  is  shortly  to  be  held,  he  will  be  unab’e 
to  respond  favorably  to  your  appeal  at  this 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

//A. A~ 

Mr.  Charles  Wolf,  Secretary, 
Central  Verein, 

11  Metropolitan  Block, 

Third  and  State  Streets, 
Milwaukee,  Wis. 

Your  favor  of  the  23rd. instant  has 
been  received,  and  Mr,  Edison  requests  us  to 
say  in  reply  that  he  has  just  presented  a  largi 
'  phonograph  and  a  number  of  records  to  the  Ger¬ 
man  Bazaar,  which  is  shortly  to  be  held  in  Hew 


i'et).  29th.  1916. 


Enclosed  J  beg  to  Hood  yo«  oops  ol  o  lottos  fr" 
„e..r..  str.«o.  *  Hodg...  «*«  ««  •*  *»«  2atl>  aa 

vising  ...  tut  «  «.  porf.otlj  .f.  to  oo.tto.log  to  .n«r 
„„  B...01  from  Coma,  .t  too  tottotl.  r.l.o  ot  S9  1« 

gallon,  a6  heretofore - 

!  understand  that  your  Mr.  John  P.  Myers  has  dis¬ 

cussed  this  matter  in  detail  with  Mr.  Strauss. 

Will  you  kindly  notify  your  Malone  oirioe, 
shipment  shauld  happen  to  come  through  that  way.  V) 
now  two  cars  coming  towards  us  f*om  Sydney. 

Yours  Tory  truly. 

in  case  a 
ire  are 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Enclosure . 


Feb.  29th.  1916. 

Mitsui  &  Company,  Limited, 

25  Madison  Avenue , 

Hew  York  City.  Attention  of  Mr.  Shunzo  Takakl . 

Gentlemen : 

Referring  to  your  favors  of  the  24th  And  26th  instant, 
and  to  the  corrected  statement  of  account  of  the  Woodward  Plant 
during  the  year  191E ,  we  have  shown  same  to  Mr.  Edison.  He  1b 
greatly  pleased  with  the  creditable  outcome  of  the  business  up 
to  the  end  of  last  year. 

He  wishes  me  to  say  that  ho  io  randy  t.o  roaolve  your 
check  for  the  one-half  of  the  profits  coming  to  him,  namely, 
$36,101.46,  which  will  be  very  acceptable. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to’Mr.  Edison. 


Eureka  Flint  and  Spar  Co . , 
Trenton,  If.  J. 

March  1st.  1916. 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  29th  ultimo,  con¬ 
tents  of  which  are  carefully  noted.  Your  new  quotation,  I  notice 
iB  for  shipment  from  East  Templeton,  Que .  Canada.,  and  you  give 
the  freight,  hut  have  not  added  the  duty. 

So  far  as  1  am  concerned,  I  do  not  care  whether  the 
material  is  free  from  iron  or  other  things  that  are  objectionable 
In  the  manufacture  of  ceramics.  What  is  most  important  to  me  is 
a  high  Potash  content,  and  I  understood  from  your  previous  letter 
that  you  could  furnish  a  Feldspar  running  about  13.40#  Potash. 

I  expect  my  requirements  will  be  in  the  neighborhood  of  300  tons 
per  month  on  a  time  contract,  but  I  should  want  to  nave  some 
guarantee  as  to  the  Potash  content  of  the  Feldspar,  as.  my  pro¬ 
cess  would  be  based  upon  a  certain  percentage. 

Please  accept  my  thanks  for  the  prompt  shipment  of  the 
one  ton  which  I  asked  you  to  send  in  my  previous  letter. 

Yours  very  truly, 

March  2nd.  1916 

March  2nd.  1916. 

Mr.  Francis  Black, 

Building  63a, 

Machine  Shop, 

Navy  Yard, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  E7th 
ultimo,  addressed  to  Mr.  Edison,  he  requests 
us  to  say  that  we  do  not  have  a  pension  system 
as  yet  at  these  works. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Laboratory. 

March  2nd.  1916. 

Mitsui  &  Company,  limited, 

25  Madison  Avenue, 

Hew  York  City. 

Attention  of  Mr.  Shunzo  Takaki. 

The  American  Oil  &  Supply  Company  called  me  on  the  tele¬ 
phone  and  said  that  they  had  not  received  an  invoice  covering  the 
shipneat  of  one  oar  of  Haphthaline  from  Woodward,  the  shipment  made 
on  January  29th  in  car  C.M.  &  St.P.  60844. 

X  have  taken  this  matter  up  with  Mr.  Miller,  and  he  has 
shown  me  the  hills  from  Woodward  covering  this  shipment,  which  hills 
were  approved  by  you. 

The  total  quantity  oovered  by  this  shipment  was  42,026 
pounds,  contained  in  76  barrels  and  301  sacks,  and  the  price  at  which 
it  is  to  he  billed  to  the  American  Oil  &  Supply  Company  is  10  l/8rf 
per  pound. 

These Haphthaline  shipment?, as  you  know,  are  divided  in  two 
portions ,  one  portion  belonging  to  Woodward  Iron  Company,  and  the 
other  to  Mitsui  &  Thomas  a.  Edison  Jointly,  la  regard  .  to  this  part¬ 
icular  shipment,  21,667  pounds  was  on  account  of  Woodward  Iron  company 
:-.«d  20.369  on  account  of  Mitsui  &  Company  and  Thomas  A.  Edison  Jointly 
YOurS  very  truly. 

iBistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


Messrs .  JU  P.  Morgan  &  Co . , 
Export  Division, 

23  Wall  Street, 

Dew  York  City. 

Maroh  2nd .  1916 . 


Your  favor  of  February  28th  has  been  received. 

The  plant  at  Johnstown  actually  started  operations  on  Feb¬ 
ruary  22,  191b .  Mo  information  to  the  contrary  was  ever  given  you  by 
m-.;:  or  anyone  authorized  to  speak  for  me.  The  statement  contained  in 
my  letter  of  august  13,  1916  that  my  entire  output  of  Toluol  until 
Jiey  1st,  1916  is  taken  up  on  my  present  contract  with  the  British 
Government  is  a  clerical  error,  as  March  1st  was  the  date  which  was 
intended  to  be  written,  but  even  that  was  only  an  approximation*  as 
xho  exact  date,  (if  it  had  been  mentioned)  would  have  been  stated  as 
February  23,' 1916. 

The  fact  that  the  first  deliveries  were  not  made  until  June 
simply  means  that  it  took  some  little  time  after  the  starting  of  the 
plant  to  purify  the  Toluol  to  a  higher  grade  than  was  called  for  in 
the  contract,  and  to  accumulate  a  sufficient  quantity  to  ship.  You 
ha:',  requested  this  higher  purification.  You  should  bear  in  mind  that 
this  was  a  new  venture  for  me  and  that  I  had  no  past  experience  to 
guide  me.  You  should  also  note  that  the  quantities  produoed  increased 
steadily  during  the  life  of  the  contract  in  accordance  with  the  de¬ 
velopment  and  increase  of  knowledge  and  technical  skill  on  our  part. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Mar. 2,1916 

American  Oil  &  Supply  Co. , 
52-54  Lafayette  Street, 
ITewarJt,  How  Jersey. 

Gentlemen : - 

Referring  to  your 
favor  of  the  26th  ult. ,  in  regard  to  the 
complaint  as  to  the  percentage  of  water 
in  Aniline  Oil,  we  beg  to  say  that  we 
have  taken  this  up  with  our  Aniline  Plant. 
Hiey  state  that  testa  are  made  of  every 
batoh  of  Aniline  Oil  that  is  made ,  and 
we  give  you  below  copy  of  their  tests  from 
Jenuary  oth  to  17th,  inclusive.  You  will 
see  that  the  percentage  of  water  in  vary 
low,  except  in  one  case  where  it  iB  only 

Jan.  6  Butch  #143  First  Drum  #159  2%  H20 

"  7  "  144  "  "  32  2"  " 

"  8  145  "  "  32  4"  " 

"  9  "  146  "  "  340  1"  " 

"  10  "  147  "  n  73  1"  " 

"  11  "  148  "  "  665  1"  " 

•'  12  "  149  "  "  669  2"  " 

»  13  "  160  "  "  W.D.  2"  " 

"14  "  151  "  "  677  1"  " 

»  15  "  152  "  "  681  1"  ” 

II  16  n  153  ti  II  667  no  " 

17  ii  -164  ..  n  693  1" 

Yours  very  truly, 
Edison  laboratory. 



t  u  f 

Mr.  John  Baoon,  Jr., 
Edison  Benzol  Plant, 
Johnstown,  pa. 

Will  you  kindly  read  this  letter  with  particular  care  as  it 
is  important.  It  relates  to  the  Toluol  produced  at  our  plant,  end  I 
would  suggest  to  you  that  you  keep  this  letter  carefully  for  future 
reference . 

We  made  a  contract  with  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Company  in  February 
of  laBt  year  for  all  the  pure  Toluol  produced  at  our  plant  for  one  year 
after  the  plant  went  into  operation.  This  is  the  pure  Toluol  you  pave 
been  shipping  right  along-  According  to  the  information  given  by  Mr. 
Mason  to  Mr.  Edison,  the  plant  started  in  operation  February  22nd ,  1915. 
Therefore,  the  year  under  the  contract  ended  February  22nd,  1910. 
fact,  that  we  did  not  commence  to  refine  Toluol  immediately  upon  start¬ 
ing  the  plant  does  not  matter. 

You  will  see ,  therefore,  that  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Company  are  en¬ 
titled  to  whatever  pure  Toluol  we  had  on  hand  up  to  and  including 
February  22nd,  1916.  I  see  by  your  report  of  that  date  that  you  had 
on  hand  pure  Toluol  amounting  to  6388  gallons*  This,  of  course,  in¬ 
cluded  the  36  drums  of  Toluol  which  haa  bear.  and  are  await¬ 

ing  shipment.  According  to  your  letter  of  February  22nd,  theBe  no 
drums  contain  4,026  gallons. 

t.r.  sum  mi  the  situation  as  to  our  contract  obliga¬ 

tions  to  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Company 
of  which  quantity  you  now  have  ' 

havf^on^hand  in  drums,  inspected,  4026  gallons. 

pi pe ce  now  put  into  drums  the  difference  between  6388  and  4026  gallons, 


quantity  of  6388  gallons  will  close  the  contract. 

n-p  course, vou  will  number  the  drums  containing  the^2362  gal- 

±Si  aIrarjr5SM,«s,ASSi 

in.  due  time . 

I  am  trvlhg  my  best  to  arrange  for  the  shipment  of  the  35  drums, 

mike  llSmeitklftthfe36tlrlmrwrwillfputrinaldlequlltSfl?  Inspection 
of  the  other  2362  gallons. 

.  -,,.n  mnVft  this  month  has  already  been  sold 
+h er ^ and* d il t inc t^oontract_w i th  another  party.  I  will  instruct 
under  another  and  distinct  Tgrry  but  please  let  me  say  that  you 

should° exercise** the9 utmos t  care  to  h4ve  it  *  -«y  high  grade  of  pure 
Toluol . 


f  y 


Whenever  you  happen  to  sec  the  Soluol  Inspector  again,  please 
do  not  discuss  the  matter  with  him  or  give  him  any  information  as  to 
*hat  you  have  on  hand.  If  he  should  ask  any  questions  of  this  kind,  re¬ 
fer  him  to  this  office.  I  have  not  given  Mr.  j.yddon  any  new  notice  of 
inspection  yet,  out  tell  you  this  now  bo  that  you  will  he  posted. 

Ploase  let  me  know  if  you  thoroughly  understand  this  letter. 

Ynurs  very  truly, 

rr.  (l 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

v  S  Please  do  not  think  that  I  have  overlooked  the  fact that  on 

s  sr^ss  -  - 

any  changes  in  them. 


March  3rd.  1916. 

Dr.  Hugo  Schweitzer, 

117  Hudson  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Dr.  Schweitzer: 

I  received  your' favor  of  the. first  instant  in  re¬ 
gard  to  the  Diamond  Disc  Instrument  and  records  for  the  Bazaar. 

I  have  given  instructions  to  ship  the  instrument  and 
records  to  the  Edison  Building,  no  Fifth  .venue.  Mew  York. 

I  have  requested  our  people  to  mark  the  packages  with  your  name, 
and  to  be  delivered  only  on  our  order  endorsed  by  you.  En¬ 
closed  you  will  find  such  an  order.  The  instrument  and  recorae 
will  be  shipped  today  or  tomorrow,  so  they  ought  to  be  in  Mew 
York  by  Friday  or  Saturday  of  next  week. 

Mr.  Eiley  is  out  of  town,  but  I  expect  him  to  return 
by  Monday  next,  and  will  then  tuke  the  matter  up  with  him,  and 
have  him  arrange  the  details  with  you. 

YourB  very  truly, 

Enclosure . 

J •  P .  Morgan  &  Company , 

Export  Department, 

23  Wall  Street, 

New  York  City. 



town  plant,  on 
to  a  state  of  ■ 

ierning  the  matter  of  the  shipment  of  Toluol  from  my  Johns- 
account  of  our  contract,  X  write  to  call  your  attentioh 
ihings  which  you  may  not  he  aware  of. 

For  nearly  four  weeks  we  have  had  a  lot  of  4026  gallons  com¬ 
pleted  and  ready  for  shipment.  It  has  been  duly  inspected  and  approved 
by  the  regular  inspector.  We  called  up  the  forwarding  agents,  Messrs. 
Dunham  &  Moore  and  asked  them  for  shipping  instructions.  They  told  us 
that  the  Pennsylvania  Eailroad  Company  would  not  accept  the  shipment 
unless  they  guaranteed  to  take  it  away  from  the  railroad  company's 
'o.iics  An  arrival  in  New  York  fcity. 

Phis  shipment  is  contained  in  36  drums,  which  we  loaded  on  a 
■i  st  our  plant  at  Johnstown,  ready  to  be  shipped  out  on  instructions 
mb  Dunham  &  Moore,  but  although  we  have  written  one  t«iopi»o*ioa  +o 
"it  concern  frequently,  we  have  been  unable  to  obtain  from  them  the  req— 
5  to  permission  to  ship  this  toluol. 

The  drums  had  been  loaded  on  a  car  ready  to  go  off,  but  on 
account  of  the  delay,  the  Eailroad  Company  insisted  upon  their  car  be¬ 
ing  unloaded  and  returned  as  they  did  not  want  to  have  it  tied  up  any 
longer.  We  have,  therefore,  been  obliged  to  unload  the  shipment,  and 
these  drums  are  standing  on  our.  ground  at  JohnBtown,  Pa.,  where  we  ar< 
holding  them  at  your  risk.  Whatever  demurrage  the  Eailroad  Company 
charges  us,  we  shall  have  to  include  in  our  bill  when  the  shipment  is 
nl timately  made . 

Let  me  say  for  your  information  that  at  the  close  of  the  day 
on  February  22nd,  1916,  we  had  a  further  quantity  of  2362  gallons  of  pure 
Toluol,  which  will  belong  to  you  under  our  contract,  which  closed  on  that 
day.  We  have  put  this  in  drums,  and  will  hold  it  at  our  Johnstown  plant 
subject  to  your  risk.  We  will  request  official  Inspector  to  inspect 
this  lot  alBo,  and  will  make  shipment  of  it  as  soon  as  the  matter  is 
arranged  by  your  forwarding  agents . 

Yours  very  truly,  ^ 


— 1 

5 1  ■•/ 

March  3,  1916. 

Mitsui  4c  Co-  ,  ltd., 

25  Madison  Avenue, 

Hew  York,  N.  Y. 

Attention  Mr.  Nomura. 


It  has  been  o»  aim  to  havci  all  carloads  of  Naphthaline 
^hipped  to  American  Oil  .  nd  Supply  Company  contain  36, COO  lbs. 
net.  On  .February  9th  last  car  BR4cP  255  was  shipped  to  ihem 
containing  only  32,015  lhst ,  Woodward  Iron  Company’s  bills  for 
which  were  sent  to  you  as  folic**: 

Feb.  9/1-6  -  121  bblo.  (16532#  net)  @  9l  /  $1570.54 
«  9/16  -  15483#  ®  1-i  /  103.64. 

On  February  Sfith,  car  OM&StP  501708  waa  shipped  to 
them,  containing  40,-034#,  for  Which  we  have  sent  you  Woodward 
Iron  Company'1*  bills  as  follows; 

Feb.  28/16  -  2o,ol7  lbs.  til i  fi  $250.21 
»  2e/16  -  20.017  lbs.  @10/6  2001.70 

You  will  note  that  the  second  oar  makes  up  the  shortage 
in  the  first  car  plus  49  lbs.,  and  we  have  told  the  American  Oil 
and  Supply  Company  Chat  we  will  have  the  contents  of -this  car 
billed  to  them  at  9fc/for  4,034  lbs.  and  at  10  /.for  36,000  Iha^ 

Will  you  kindly  arrange  your  billing  to  accord  with  the 


Yours  very  truly, 

^rch  6  th 

Sosto».  '.far,; . 

1S8r  “••  °happle : 

he  has  reoel  ^  Wl-0B  ^ 

.  received  your  favQr  sai'  that 

6  le  «•*  certain  as  to  b  *  and 

««  «».  He  h„  b.„  *“U  *«  «  appM 

‘,o  °*"wi8M  *•-  *•  i...  »r of  1,0 

”r"“*  «.  «ie„t8 ,  ,ix  ™ 

°  »-  h.0„  ^  -'«»..  -I!  ;g„e 

^  »»  af'le  to  to.  H  ti“  ““h*  »hat  to 

»“«■  a- tJ  hop,.  t0  „00  '*“*  *°  »*  «V  «. 

■“V  it.::  “  S°1”e  »  SOtotto. 

-0Ura  v®ry  truiv 

Mr.  John  Bacon,  -Jr., 

%  Edison  Benzol  Plant, 
JohnBtown,  Pa. 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  fifth  instant  in 

ffiulh'a  cler ical°error  the^thlSty^f ive^dr^fi^contain  °  4047 
gallons  instead  of  4026  gallons  as  previously  reported . 

nul  te  riKht,  this  would  make  the  final  ship- 

w^would  *  have  Islt  gallons  USt0?" 

we  reported  over  Mr.  Edison  *  own  signawx  , 

•final  shipment  on 
and  in  this  wa y  t-' 
small  difference  > 


f  ;Vj_  gallons . 

pCti ve  steps  in  every  direction  to  have 

Crtf  Kfffi.ar5STArt  s  ris  u. 

Yours  very  truly. 

/  ■' 

Commanding  Officer, 

Picatinny  Arsenal , 

Dover,  N.  J. 

sir.  SUBJECT:  Phenol  -  method  of  packing. 

As  you  are  aware,  the  type  of  drum  which  we  use  for  ship¬ 
ping  to  you  Carbolic  Acid/  has  -a  filling  hole  in  one  end  o* 
the  drum.  These  filling  holes  are  sealed  with  a  sheet  metal 
disc,  which  is  soldered  in  place. 

It  has  been  called  to  my  attention  that  it  would  proh- 
sfcly  he  an  improvement  in  the  method  of  packing  if  these  fill¬ 
ing  holes  were  closed  hy  wooden  plugs  firmly  driven  in.  This 
method  of  sealing  the  drums  would  obviate  the  possibility  of 
any  parts  of  the  solder  accidently  dropping  into  the  Carbolic 


If  ,,  therefor, .  ...  »U1  eool  the  drm»  W  «»- 
ln|t  u  ties.  1»  »»«•.  °f  0l”1°S  *"*  11  '0ia"' 

U,  oo  e  sheet  dl.e  over  the  tOlU* 

Eespootfully  yours. 

March  10th.  1916, 


March  9th.  1916. 

Lieut.  H.  Kimberly, 

Lieut.  Comar.  U.  S.  Havy, 

Mava'l  Inspector  of  Powder,  E.  C., 

Post  Office  Building, 

Jersey  City,  U.  J. 

SUBJECE:  .Phenol  -  method  of  paoking. 

Your  favor  of  the  eighth  instant  addressed  to  Mr.  M. 

K.  Hutchison  has  been  handed  by  him  to  me. 

I  fully  appreciate  the  reasons  for  using  wooden  plugs 
to  close  the  filling  holes  of  the  drums  containing  Carbolic 
Acid,  and  have  supplemented  your  request  to  Mr.  Hammer ho ff 
by  Instructing  him  to  comply  with  this  new  method  of  sealing 
oars  in  future. 

HeBpeotfully  yours. 

March  4th .  1916 

.  Charles'*?.  Steinmetz, 

VJeiiSc.ll  ..venue , 

Bohenectady ,  H.x. 

. yv  Eteinraetz: 

your  esteemed  favor  of  the  ultimo  in 

Buttery  was  received,  ana  if  has  af- 
,  ny  storage  Battery 

.  J..1  of  ;UUO»  U>  «»  of  It- 

foot  O,t»io»  W  WW  “*“*• 

-  flnd  that-  it  justifies  the  many 
•*  "  **"*W  mto  tie  perfootioo  of 

of  >»<  *»*  U“*  1  "  ' 

ttp.  of  io  w  ^  tM  ,1U  Ois.lpotion 

rjrrr.-- — 

that  ocoaBion.  remain. 

With  Kind  regards ,  I  r  . . 


Sailth-ifeoker  iJif  Co  . , 

123  liberty  Surest, 

Hew  York  City. 


Allow  me  to  thank  you  for.  your  favor 
of  the  28th  ultimo  and  to  express  my  sincere 
appreciation  of  your  very  satisfactory  report 
aB  to  the  Edison  Storage  Battery.  For  the  long 
years  of  hard  work  that  I  have  put  into  the 
battery,  it  is  •‘’vine  to  find  that  the  re¬ 

sults  in  the  hands  of  customers  have  so  well 
borne  out  the  performance  at  which  I  have  always 
aimed . 

Yours  very  truly.,—., 

March  10th.  1916. 

Cambri..  Steal  Company, 

Johnstown,  Pa. 


Will  you  have  the  kindness  to  furnish 
me  with,  a  statement  over  the  signature  of  one  of 
your  officials  showing  the  various  shipments  of 
Toluol  made  from  my  Benzol  Plant  at  Johnstown 
from  the  beginning  up  to  this  time. 

I  regret  to  trouble  you,  but  I  desire 
to  have  this  statement  to  enable  me  to  verify 
a  statement  that  I  have  made  to  a  customer. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  oourt- 
esy,.  X  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, . 

March.  11th .  1916 

Mr--  John  .Bacon,  Jr . , 

%  Bd&Bqn  Benzol  Plant 
Johnstown,  Pa. 

hear  Sir 

letter  la  Important. 

Ve  are  having  a  little  difference  of  opinion  with 
Morgan  &  Company  as  to  .tbo  ocantity  of  Toluol  due  them 
their  contract.  We  have  furnished  them  all,  and  even 

more  than  they  are  * . *  • 

If  lyddon  should  call  on  you,  please  remember  ,,  ,.()i  entitled  to  receive  from  you  any  information 
whatever  about  the  starting  or  operating  of  the  plant,  quan- 
tit„  woftVed  or  any  other  information  whatever  about  the 
plurt  Tf  you  receive  any  letters  from  him  or  others  on  th- 
subject,  r-ieaee  do  not  answer  them,  but  send  them  to  this 

to  be  answered.  In  other  words,  please  give  no  nnfo 
tton  about  the  Plant  to  anyone  unless  you  have  Mr.  Edison’s 
written  inetruotions  or  authority  to  do  so. 

Wo  have  nothing  to  conceal  or  change  in  any  way  "1 

tat  tta  »,  ' 

«B*.  tar.  should  onli  »„  do„o  oh 


Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant. to  Mr ■ 

V  ■  ‘  .  *7 


March  11th*  1916* 

Pittsburgh,  Ea. 

Bear  Sir:  instant,  I  beg 

wst“Haa3  iwwas  BS, 

®  ‘  due .25th,  1915 3,664 

::  $ «:1S 

!  Oct. 20th,  1915----- 

K°v.t4th ,  1916 . 4,025 

Jan. 13th,  1915  ___  4-047 

.  pet).  1st,  1916—  g^fs 

1916 . 4*0E6 

vill  remember  that  the  l^-Qaa/for*  shipment. 

.vania  Hailroad  Company  i 
shipment . 

\o>  i 

March  11th.  1916 

j.  p.  Morgan  &  Company, 
Export  Department, 

23  Wall  Street, 

Hew  York  City . 

e  have  received  your  favor  of  the  10th 
mfle  attention  to  the  fact  that  the  mark- 
a  rule  of  Toluol  has  not  always  leen  clear 

.  j*.  lyddon  called  my  attention  to  this 

»6o. «.  x  -  -  — —  -  " 

„„a.„t  «  o«  plant  to  onerolao  oar.  » 


very  truly. 

.jft .  r 

b  kz 

March  11th.  1916 


March  10th.  3 

M.  Thayer 


Dear  Hr.  Thayer; 

in..  „  t0  thM[  Jou  fot  wor  arw 

•  4t»  !..«  „„i  to  w  elncm 

jr;;11™ of -«■<*.*-,  «p«t 

"  “  St0r“e'  f„  th.  lope 

“  18  «“*«»*■*  t„  „„„  ttot  the  ro. 
*”  “»  h“«“  «  ™*0«»  ta„ 

Xours  very  truly, 

March  11th.  Frances  A.  Zellor 

i8HwStnSthmIt«“-"a*l0a  C°™lttea- 

Hew  Kork  City, 

f  Bear  Miss,  kellor : 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  10th  in- 
i  8tant  and  W0Uld  8ay  in  this  is  the  first  time 

I  have  heard  of  Mr.  Warburg's  invitation  to  his  dinner  on 
1  Monday  evening  next.  - 

i  1  regrst  that  it  will  he  impossible  for  me 

to  attend-  I  have  been  very  busy  on  a  special  investiga¬ 
tion  for  the  last  six  weeks,  working  from  eighteen  to  twenty 
hours  a  day.  It  has  thrown  me  very  much  behind  in  all  my 
i  other  work,  and  as  I  am  preparing  to  go  to  Florida  in  u  few 

days.  I  shall  be  unable  to  accept  the  invitation  for  Monday 
evening,  kindly  express  my  regrets  to  Mr.  Warburg. 

Xours  vary  truly. 

Mar oh  13th .  1916 

Mr.  Harry  H.  Spelman, 

421  West  150th  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  sixth  instant,  Ur. 
Edison  ,„.»<«  «s  to  W  «...  yo« 

in  a  slots  the  littlo  prot.ctlvs  dompot  «ltlin  tn«  ear,  loss 

sons  Hits  »  »oi~  «  »»  ““ 

.lot.,  »«  y»«  >»«  olatd. 

„«  osoo-r.  sensitive*  and  10.  •«•*»*  “»~ 

“  El  looonni  of  10.  ™f  «  —  -  **“*•"'  “ 

obtaining  mt.tlals  of  a  ““  “ly 

faoturine  mo  »««*■  ■»  “  *  *“  ”01"' 

-  *-  - 
weeks  the  noise  on  nea 
vanishing  point. 

Yours  very  truly, 

=nn  Laboratory. 


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